In the Bible times, it was common to see prophets and even Jesus’s disciples warning others to keep God’s commandments and repent of their sins, lest His wrath would fall upon them. However, now we have many people that complain about people that do this and say that the person is judging them wrongfully. However, does the Bible agree with this type of person? You will soon see one way or not as we look more at the story of Jehoshaphat. When asked of him, if he would 1“help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord?” (2 Chronicles 19:2) This was his response in action. 1“He set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the Lord, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.” (2 Chronicles 19:5-8) Wow, isn’t this teaching so amazing? So how are we to judge others, if we are called to do so? #1 We are to judge others for the Lord, not as a man or woman would. #2 Since God is with us, we can judge righteously. Even Jesus said, 2“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24) It is awesome to have the words of Jesus perfectly match what has already been said in scripture.
Next, we will learn what is ok to tell people and still judge righteously. This is important to know, but we can only accomplish this when the Holy Spirit is with us. We don’t go about it with anger but with love and respect towards others. And if you are wondering how we can do all this, Jehoshaphat answered that question also. Pertaining to those people he called to be judged, 1“He charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the Lord, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.” (2 Chronicles 19:9,10) As judges, the people were to walk in the fear of the Lord and with a perfect heart. This meaning, that they seek the Lord at all times and have His presence with them. At this point, can a man or woman of God warn people of their trespasses against the Lord. This meaning the sins they have committed, which God hates. We do this because the wrath of God is upon the wicked. Now, is this a good way to judge others? Yes, it is. But remember that some people will still see this as judging them wrongfully. So as long as you continue walking in the Holy Spirit, it is correct still, so don’t worry too much about certain individuals, but keep doing what God has called you to do. However, if God is not with you in these matters, then repent and be made clean through the blood of Jesus.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, when I look at the people in this world, I can see many of them that are lost and without a Savior. Even many people that say they are Christian have lost the meaning of following You, and are now being led astray. Some unknowingly and some purposely, because of the lusts in their flesh. Therefore, I pray that You will open up my mouth and the mouths of other men and women of God, that we may be a witness to these people on Your behalf. People need to know what the Bible says and be warned of the wrath to come, lest they repent. Surely, only if people are covered by Your blood, Jesus, can they be forgiven. And when people finally understand this, they will not wish to continue living out their old life anymore, but live for You, Lord, completely. Even their sins will become very vial and wretched in their eyes, that they will desire to be cleansed from all of it. I have seen people go through an amazing transformation, even the moment that they confessed their sins and confessed they needed a Savior. This is what people need to do right now. If people would just humble themselves before You, then they would only wish to be blessed by You and no longer walk under the world’s standards. Surely, You have given me a new heart and a new mind, in order to walk in Your light. I can even feel the pains that people are going through now, and I wish I could reach everyone and let them know that they need You for peace. The trials in life can be terrible to bear, but with You on our side, we have comfort. Even Your joy abounds with us at all times. Thank You, Lord, for everything You have done for my life and for the lives of millions of others. We love You and honor You, this day and forever. We give You glory and praise. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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