Let me first quickly say this. Warning people of consequences of sin is not judgement. That’s our responsibility. Judgment is deciding what’s in their heart and deciding in your heart that they aren’t worthy of God’s grace and mercy.
Telling someone “you can go to Hell for that” isn’t judgment. Telling someone “you will go to Hell for that” is judgment.
Judgement takes place in the heart, but is always ‘pronounced’, stated, verbalized.
How many times have on looked on in joy when something unfortunate happened to someone thinking, “That’s what you get”?
How many times has someone confronted you and you had to ‘eat your words’?
In the book of Isaiah God makes promise to those who love Him…
Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.
Here’s the Amplified Version…
Isaiah 54:17 (AMP)
“No weapon that is formed against you will succeed;
And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn.
This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord.
God promises to give us vindication when people ‘put their mouths on us’ and say that we are deserving of ‘judgement’, the wrath of God, getting what you deserve…for whatever reason. God also promises that WE will be the ones who condemn those who rise up and open their mouths in judgement against us, and that condemnation comes from Him. So…
Be careful when you say someone is getting what they deserve.
Be careful in when you say that someone is not worthy of forgiveness for what they have done.
Be careful when you say that someone doesn’t love God because of their particular weaknesses with which they may be struggling.
Be careful when someone asks for forgiveness, says they’re sorry, or even accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and you say, “They don’t really mean it”.
Be careful when you say what someone else has in their heart…
Especially when they too are a part of the Body of Christ.
We all HAVE sinned and WILL CONTINUE to short of the glory of God…
Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Because just as much as God has promised to vindicate His children when people rise up in judgment against them, this promise also works among His children too. We must be very careful how we carelessly or with forethought open our mouths in judgement against one another within the Body of Christ.
We as Christians are going to have different political, social, economic and spiritual views. Those views can ignite passionate disagreements and feelings that lead to judgment of peoples’ faith and love for God.
Just as much as you may cling to this promise when someone has judged you, God will hold you accountable too when you judge someone else. God promises justice.
Be very careful how you talk about fellow believers, even when they are wrong because you are wrong sometimes too.
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