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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

JUDGE NOT


 

Today’s Reading:

Matthew 7:1-5

“Judge not, that ye be not Judged” (Matthew 7:1)

 

Jesus says, Judge not. Those two words give us the crux of the matter. They constitute a command from our God who has the authoritative power to judge the earth. The word judge (Krino) in Greek means to separate or to make a 'distinction' between things. Anyone who discriminates is acting as a judge. To judge is to determine the destiny of someone with our words and actions. When we stand in a position of the creator (God) then we are judging. To judge is a grave offence. We need to be mindful of out statement, whenever we say someone will be better or make it in life than someone else then we have put ourselves on the judgment seat.


The Bible tells us that, as the Son of God in human flesh, Jesus Christ is the Judge of all. He discriminates between right and wrong, good, and evil. He is not "tolerant" of sin; but promises to judge it in an ultimate and final sense. Jesus said of Himself,". . . The Father judges no one but has committed all judgment to the Son . . ." (John 5:22); and that the Father "has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man" (v. 27). He was "ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead" (Acts 10:42); and as Paul once preached to the people of Athens, God "now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead" (17:30-31).


This is a very sobering truth about the Lord Jesus. It's to be a great motivating factor in our lives as Christians and is to be a great motivator in our work of preaching the gospel to others. As Paul has written, we are to make it our aim "to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men . . ." (2 Corinthians 5:9-11). No one else is qualified to be the judge of all the earth but Jesus. He came the first time to be the Savior, but He will come the second time as the Judge; and no one who rejected Him as Savior will be able to stand before Him as Judge! (Rev. 6:17).

JAMES ALADE


Prayer:

  1. Lord, help me to represent you well in my dealings with people.

  2. I receive grace to stand till the end.

  3. In any area I have judged people or stand as a judge over a case, Lord have mercy on me, in Jesus name.

  4. I challenge and pull down the forces of disobedience in the lives of the saints, in Jesus name.

  5. Father, let the Prince of Peace reign in every department of our nations, in Jesus name.

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