Don't Judge; Key to Freedom
Read this parable, a certain king forgives the debt owed to him by one of his servants. This very same servant finds someone who owes him money and does not forgive the debt. He throws the man in prison until he can pay.
Now the king hears about this, and says to the wicked servant, I have forgiven you all your debt to me, and should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant ?
The king was very angry with him and delivered him to the tormentors,till he should pay all that was due him.
So likewise shall my heavenly father do unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother and their trespasses.
1. Considering how very much God has forgiven us, when we refuse to forgive our enemies we are placing ourselves above God. He himself has released us from jugdement, who are we then to hold someone else in bonds of unforgiveness and jugdement. ?
2. What will our heavenly father be forced to do if we do not forgive our neighbor from our hearts?
3. We leave him no choice but to deliver us over to the tormentors, this can come in many forms in the earth, but it essentially means we will be in the hands of the devil. Unforgiveness is lining ourselves up with the devil and then he is allowed to exact his own justice upon us. And it will not be pleasant. It almost doesn't sound like God, going around punishing us, but it is His principal, His law already at work in the earth. It is already in motion and it cannot be helped, it will all come back to us if we are not ready to forgive and release our enemies.
Not only does the word prove it out, but if you think back I am sure you can remember instances this took place in your life. We sow what we reap every time.
And the heavens shall declare His righteousness; for God is judge himself.
1. Who does this say is judge? Is it me or you? Let us think again, and remember it is God only.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what jugdement ye judge,ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but considereth not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam of thine own eye; and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote of thy brothers eye.
1.What will happen to us if we judge?
2. What does this say about the severity of our jugdement?
3.What should we be looking at instead as this says ?
Speak not evil of another, bretheren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and jugdeth the law, but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and destroy; who are thou that jugdeth another?
1 Timothy 6:4
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings.
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness; from such withdraw thyself.
1.What should our response be toward unwholesome talk and evil surmisings that is in the world?
2. What can these things lead to ?
For I fear, lest when I come, I shall not find you as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not; lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swelling and tumults.
1. How did Paul feel about this church at Corinth when he heard about all the trouble there do you think?
2.Was not the tongue the origin of all this trouble? All these sins listed here come out of the mouth. The same with judging, starts in the heart, and comes out of our mouth. But if we don't surmise in our hearts, it will never manifest in the flesh.
They speak vanity everyone with his neighbor; with flattering lips and with a double heart they do speak. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaketh proud things.
Who have said, with our tongue will we prevail ; our lips are our own; who is lord over us.??
1.We can see that our tongue in wrong use will bring no good fruit in our life. The Lord shall cut off all lips that speak proud things, perhaps we wont be heard very long.
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that jugdest;
for wherin thou judgest another, thou condemneth thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
1. Lets examine ourselves before we open our mouth against our neighbor, we are probably guilty of the same things, or have been at some point. Just because we have victory over a situation now, only means we should be helping them.
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according
to truth against them which commit such things.
And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things.,,and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of GOD?
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long suffering ; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgement of God.
Who will render to every man according to his deeds.
1.What is leading us toward repentance?
2.God wants all to come to repentance, so we should refrain from judging those who are not there yet. The goodness of God is leading them.
Grudge not against one another, bretheren, lest ye be condemned, behold, the judge standeth before the door.
1. God is warning us on how not to bring jugdement and condemnation upon ourselves. Don't grudge and judge one another, we save ourselves from wrath and condemnation this way. We need as well to give every opening to sharing the gospel with those who do not know Jesus yet, and if we are filled with self righteous judgment we will be less inclined to do this. Our head will be clamouring with vain thoughts, and it will squeeze out love and tenderness in our hearts. We will have no desire to share the gospel with that person then, and we have lost an opportunity. And far worse, they may lose their chance at salvation. This is a significant point on why not to judge people. If we are obedient, and walk in love, like Jesus did, we can share His love. Like He did with us, when we were in sin.
We need to realize repentance is essential for that person, but not to stand as their jugde, when Jesus is ready and waiting, standing as their Savior.
2 Corinthians 2:10
To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also; for I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
Lest satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
1.Paul here is forgiving everything and anything that came against him from other people, Christians included. He forgave in the name of Jesus, in the person of Christ, out of obedience to Him.
2. What does the second line say about why he forgave so much and so readily?
3.The answer is plain, lest satan get an advantage of him, for Paul was not ignorant of satans schemes, and he realized that this is the realm in which he works.
There are many ways he can take advantage of us too, we are no different. Each situation may vary, but I believe he has many games and tricks to play, even destruction if we are not in forgiveness toward those who offend us. He can steal kill and destroy if we are not careful. He can set up situations of offense for the purpose of making us fall. Let us not let him rob our joy today, God will give us the grace to forgive if we make the effort.
Remember bad feelings does not mean that we have not forgiven, they may remain for a while. Forgiveness is a choice, and obedience to the One who has forgiven us so very much.