“Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church?”
1 Corinthians 6:2-4
The people of God are to be full of faith and the wisdom that comes only from God. We should be able to judge the situations of life with great insight and correct judgment. This is true of our family life, work life and church life. The principles of godly living are through our whole being. Our thought processes are learned from protracted, personal reading and study of the Word of God. In other words, we have spent time with God and know Him and are totally devoted to Him.
Our personal state before God is the key to how we live our lives. The level of wisdom we have from God is dependant on our desire for Him. To be like Jesus will involve sacrifice, and there will be very difficult experiences to go through, so that we will be in harmony with the mind of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The circumstances of this life and the mindset of Christ that Christians all share, will teach us and make us able to make godly judgments, especially when things go wrong. To walk with God is difficult because most others will not be going in that way. The closer you get to your Saviour Jesus, the more will be your desire to be like Him. This will usually alienate you from the mindset of others going another way. Criticism can be very difficult to handle and more wisdom will be required. Once a person starts down the way of wisdom, they can only go forward. We must take up the cross and follow, if we are to gain the crown.
The price is high and the testing is tough. If you are to be a judge with Christ, you must follow His way. Every one of us must learn sound judgment, and have knowledge about God’s ways and human ways, and use these perspectives to judge as Christ would judge. Are we anywhere near that situation? Are our churches places where that happens?
We can find ourselves in the situation where the people in the secular life are far better at judgment than the people who are supposed to belong to God. As Christians together, we can find ourselves becoming complacent and homogenised into the social group, and we stop looking to God and end up looking to and at each other. This is what closes the group and stops the life of Christ being seen in our lives and other lives.
Christians who take the mantle of judgment and oppress the people of God with their own views and loveless character, just cause even more problems for people. Christians who set themselves up as totally correct counsel, but twist the Word to suit themselves, face their own judgment before a holy God. It is a fearful thing to set ourselves up as authorities, and deviate from the ways of God, which we have access to in the Scriptures. Our attitude to these Scriptures is of vital importance. Perhaps in these days, we should revisit the words of the prophets of old, who spoke plainly and truthfully for God.
As Christian people we must all train our minds to think rightly and seek the ability to contribute positively to the lives of others, and make wise decisions regarding our own lives and our families. As we learn and prove the Lord’s ways, so our realm of influence will grow. The test of time will prove our witness for the Lord Jesus and other people will see it and be built up in the Lord. Our families will see the love of God working out in daily life, and see the difference between God’s ways and this world’s ways.
Then there is the skill of communicating with people. To communicate with sound judgment, is a God-given ability. It comes to be part of us, as we immerse ourselves in the Word of God, and speak to people around us. This is dependant on the work of the Holy Spirit in us, witnessing with our spirit and speaking rightly to us. The law of love always applies. Not just speaking what pleases, but sharing what God would have us say for the long term good of sisters and brothers and those still outside the kingdom. These can seem to be hard words, but we must be clear and not baulk under fear of being misunderstood.
Wisdom, discretion and godly words, always go together. Our prayer is that our words will help and not hinder. Even if some are offended for a time, our words and deeds will be brought to the full fruition of the fruit of the Spirit and the rescue of souls from this dark world.
It’s easy to be a hypocrite. To be sincere means a complete change in heart and mind, and a complete daily surrender to the truth of Christ and the power of the Spirit. Lord, may it be so within me and in all your holy people who love you with an unending love…