Gaining the right sense of judgement

brain-145434_6402Chronicles 19:6: and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the LORD. He is with you in giving judgment.

King Jehoshaphat wanted to remind the judges he had appointed for the nation to perform for an audience of one- God. They were to seek to do their best based on God’s standard and be true to his judgement, and not be partial in anyway.

How God feels should form our base of judgement. Paul rebuked the church in Corinth because they take each other to the courts; he lamented the lack of wise people among them who will be able to decide their cases (1Corinthians 6:1-8). He added that we (Christians) would judge angels using the standard of God.

All the time, we are making judgements, you are making decision on what to say and what not to say, what to think and what not to think, where to go or not to go, what line of business to go into, in all these you should seek to be guided by the word of God and the Spirit of God.

The word defines the limits of our actions, while the Spirit fertilises ideas in our minds, stirring us to God’s way for us.

Just as we should be aware of the judgment of God in the bible, we should be sensitive to the movements of the Holy Spirit within us. Paul warned against grieving the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), revealing his sensitive, “emotional” nature, that is why many of the fruits of the Spirit is emotion-related, there is love, peace, self-control, etc (Galatians 5:22-23).

Timothy was told to give attention to reading the scriptures because it is given as a guide (1Timothy 4:13, 2Timothy 3:16). And the church should be the pillar and ground of truth (1Timothy 3:16). If our sense of judgement is not defined by the bible then there is something wrong. We should strive all the time to ensure that our thoughts line up with God’s, that our sense of judgement be what he approves. David prayed: let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my mouth, be acceptable to you, oh Lord (Psalm 19:14).

When we take time in the morning to fill our mind with the word of God, it will colour our thoughts throughout the day. We should use the bible as mirror, to gain a new view of ourselves, the right view. James said that the word of God is like the mirror, should dictate how we should think of ourselves, and that will determine how we see others things, events and people in relation to us (James 1:22-27).

The words of the pages of the bible infuses us with confidence because we know they word represents the will of God. Armed with the word, we can move on with confidence that we are in the will of God. Paul wrote that to have our lives a statement of the will of God, we should pursue transformation inside out, have our mind reworked by the word of God (Romans 12:1-2).

The word of God is God as manifestly expressed in the first verses of the gospel according to John (John 1:1-5). He said the word was in the beginning with and the word was God. We cannot be wrong if we are committed to the word, realising that the word is actually a living entity, imparting the life of God to us as we engage it with faith.

The focus verse boils down to motivation. Why you do what you don’t do, whether to seek the approval of God or to seek the approval of man (Galatians 1:10). Seeking the approval of man is a sign that we are holding on to our natural life, but Jesus said if we hold on to our life and not willing to lose it, we are not worthy of him (Matthew 16:25).

He said the one who lay holds of the plough and looks back is not worthy of him (Luke 9:61-62). Looking back just like the wife of Lot did and she turned into a pillar of salt is a sign that we have not made a break from the past and so disqualify ourselves from continuing with God.

When  Naomi was leaving Moab after her husband and sons had died, her two daughters-in-law went with him, but the one who still had the love of her past (Orpah) turned back, she was not worthy of the future Ruth (the second daughter-in-law) went on to enjoy.

The past represents what we are used to, it represents walking according to the flesh, moving in the direction of the past experience and the old life, but looking forward means you are motivated by a walk with God, just like Paul said he does. He said that he forgets the past and presses on to the height of the purpose of God for him in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:3-14).

He cannot afford to dwell too much to the past; the past has nothing to offer except the experience, even God moves on. He has moved on from the Old Testament to the New, and he is constantly moving. When Peter saw the trio of Jesus, Moses and Elijah on the mount, he wanted to pitch three tents there, but soon after, Jesus pointed him to what will come after which was his death on the cross, telling them not to tell anyone what they saw (Matthew 17:1-9). Whatever spiritual experience you have, there is a thereafter. We should not be tied to the past no matter how good or bad.

It should be our lives’ aim to be in step with God. We are supposed to be neither a horse or a mule, a horse is too fast too hasty, too restless, but the mule is slow does not want to do anything and had to be hit hard before they can move (Psalm 32:9). God wants us to be neither.

Jesus said we should take his yoke upon us, learn from his own walk with God (Matthew 11:28-30), and we would find rest for our soul. If we are not in the rest mood, then we are either being a mule or a horse in that instance. But with Jesus, it is rest all the way (no matter what is happening externally) as we take his yoke upon us, not the yoke of the world, not the yoke of human expectation, not the yoke of societal pressure, but the yoke of God.

To not take the yoke means you are either too fast (horse) or too slow (mule). Moving too fast means you doing too much than is required of you, you are biting more that you can chew, you are stretching more than your grace level, and without the accompanying grease, there is a lot of friction generated, and stress and burnt out is around the corner.

But the mule, is an underperformer, he is the ever-learning-but-never-coming-to-the-knowledge-of-the-truth kind of person (2Timothy 3:7). He is the slow learner, and when he should be a teacher, he needs teacher to teach him ABC of the Christian faith (Hebrews 5:11-14).

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4 thoughts on “Gaining the right sense of judgement

  1. I jus don’t see how fruits of the Spirit are connected to our emotions.. Love is a fruit and God is love so God is an emotion? Emotions are secondary to consciousness.. Ur brain process what is happening through your eyes and then tells you what type of emotion to feel.. I think the fruits are above emotions.. I think that emotions are part of the fall.. I’m not saying all this is in concrete.. I am young Christian and have a lot to learn.. Just trying to bounce some ideas..

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    1. Emotions are part of us even before the fall, but not the negative emotions. God was angry with man hence the flood that ravaged the earth. God is emotional, he experienced the emotion of regret after King Saul disobeyed him.

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      1. Yeah but u can’t read those as litteral emotions.. That would be to say that my actions can control God.. Those are anthropopathisms.. Those verses are obviously meant to mean something for us but not to be taken litterally..

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      2. When you say God cannot have emotion, you say that Jesus was not really a human being. He is the ultimate human being and He is God, even while on earth. We were told he rejoiced, he also wept. If I should not take those words literally because I will be accused of anthropopathism, then I should throw my bible into the waste basket.

        Another thought: didn’t God make man in his own image? Or you don’t think Adam felt any emotion the first time he met Eve? Emotion did not originate in man, it originated in God but got twisted in man due to sin. Be careful about making God less than he is, so as to make him fit into a philosophical/theological standpoint. Or do you think God will be offended, if we call him emotional? If he took offence, it means he is emotional. God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ is a person, though a higher person, so don’t rip from him his emotion and make him less. There is no time in your life that you don’t have an emotion or the other. Something that is so part of humanity, which is not inherently bad, don’t you think we got it from God?

        Nobody is saying your action can control God? But what if it can. Didn’t the sin of Adam “control” God, making him declare a series of judgements on him and his wife.

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