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My Own Judgment

My Own Judgment

09 November 2009

Scripture:

3 What about me? Have I been faithful? Well, it matters very little what you or anyone else thinks. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. 4 My conscience is clear, but that isn’t what matters. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. (1 Corinthians 4:3-4 NLT)

True to human nature, the church in Corinth had developed something of a celebrity culture. Paul dealt with that in 1 Corinthians chapter three. Judging and comparing are time and energy wasters and seldom, if ever, serve to reach the lost, grow the believers, and advance God’s kingdom.

Paul kept a clear conscience, but he knew that even that wasn’t the final authority on whether a person is faithful, or right, or effective. God is the only one who sees the whole picture and he is the only one who can judge rightly and decide fairly.

So be careful not to jump to conclusions before the Lord returns as to whether or not someone is faithful. When the Lord comes, he will bring our deepest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. (1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT)

I am an introspective person who spends a lot more time and energy than necessary judging myself. When I was a kid, I never felt I pleased my father or measured up to his expectations. I’m certainly not a kid any more (Jean might think otherwise!) but it’s hard to think I ever measure up to my heavenly Father’s expectations, either. But I’m working on this – rather I’m learning to cooperate with Father God as he works in me to show me he really does love me with unconditional love!

Paul didn’t trust his own judgment about his own performance or the performance of others. I purpose to learn from Paul and leave the faithfulness quotient and the performance evaluation to God.

Prayer:

Father, I know you love me with perfect love. I don’t know all that means, but I do know that your every judgment of me is in love and through your grace. I trust you to make the right judgment and to correct or praise me accordingly. May I learn to look at others always through eyes of love and form my opinions with grace. Amen.

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