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Jun 5, 2016

“F.A.Q. (Frequently Avoided Questions): Is It Right to Judge?

Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:37-42


What Does Scripture Say . . .?


  • Self-righteous judgment
    • Self-righteous judgment is when I look beyond my faults and flaws to expose and criticize your faults and flaws. (Matthew 7:1-4; Luke 18:9-14; John 8:1-11)
      • Harsh
      • Destructive
      • Exaggerated
    • Self-righteous judgment is often an attempt to divert attention from our personal faults and flaws.


  • Godly judgment and discernment
    • Godly judgment and discernment is to love you enough to address, with humility and gentleness, that which is not consistent with the faith you profess to possess. (Matthew 7:15-21; 2 Samuel 12:1-14)
      • Speaks truth with grace. (Matthew 18:15-17; Ephesians 4:15)
      • Exalts God’s call to holiness without an attitude of “holier than you.” (1 Corinthians 5:11-13)
      • Addresses with Christ-like humility. (Matthew 7:5)
        • I willingly admit and deal with the sin in my life before addressing the sin in your life.
      • Seeks to build up, not destroy a person.
      • Displays gentleness. (Galatians 6:1)


Receiving Correction With Grace . . .

  • Be receptive and teachable. (Proverbs 27:6)
    • Am I willing to be held accountable and discipled?
      • Am I willing to let others I trust speak into my life?
    • Consider with brutal honesty what is spoken.
      • Is this true of me?
    • Accept the truth and correction as God’s gift of grace.
      • Am I receiving this as God’s desire to make me more like Christ?