Our Ladies group on Wednesday nights have been working through the videos and the book “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman for several weeks now. If you haven’t read it…. OMGosh… you should!! The whole series has made me…. and the other ladies… look at our relationship with God with much deeper and more serious convictions. I find my self constantly checking my actions at the moment…. and my day in whole …. asking myself… were you a “fan” or a “follower” with that action…..with your day?
I think it is a good thing to keep ourselves in check. Too many people…..Christians specifically … are too …. well…. “worldly” with their walk with God. Of course when you study things like this… you find yourself not only looking at your own life, but also looking at others in your life with that same question…. Now many will stop me right there and say…..Now Teresa…. we are not supposed to “Judge” people….! That has ALWAYS made my blood boil! More often than not we use that word to simply mean… “back off… I don’t want to know that I am doing something wrong….and how dare you bring that to my attention!”
We humans do not like to be corrected…. more so now, it seems. We don’t like to be told we are wr…well… you know…. we just do not like to know that we are wro…. ok…. NO One likes to feel that pain we get when we find out from someone, or from God, that we are WRONG! It is not a good feeling…. and I, for one, hate it more than most anything. My heart aches deep… I feel that numbing feeling from my toes to the end of my hair follicles…and that sweaty feeling…. yeah… it is NOT a good feeling at all….. BUT…..after the initial shock has taken place ….. afterI have de-ruffled my feathers and taken the time to analyze it…. I am usually better off knowing that I shouldn’t do that again …. I make the adjustments… apologies… or what ever needs to be done and move on…..THANKFUL that I more than likely just missed some horrible consequences just down the road and around the corner!!!
The Definition of Judge from Websters says:
1 : to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises
2 : to sit in judgement on : Try
3 : to determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation
4 : govern, rule —used of a Hebrew tribal leader
5 : to form an estimate or evaluation of; especially : to form a negative opinion about <shouldn’t judge him because of his accent>
6 : to hold as an opinion : guess ,think <I judge she knew what she was doing>
We all have them..they are ours…. we own them… they have been formed over time by the way we were raised… the books we have read… the movies we have watched…. the people we hang around with…
There is something we should be aware of.
Hebrews 3 :13-15
You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
14For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
15Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”
Warn….Websters define Warn as:
1 a : to give notice to beforehand especially of danger or evil
b : to give admonishing advice to : counsel
c : to call to one’s attention : inform
Warn each other every day….call to one’s attention….. That is not judging…That is a life saving, ” tornado siren” going off to warn you of up coming dangers !
I agree, however, that it does have to be out of love …other wise, those words may become nonproductive and could turn those away, rather than towards, God….but….Like a tornado siren…we have been made aware that there is a definite possibility of danger ahead and we have the right to choose what to do with that information. Do we take shelter… turn around and go the other way… or just sit it out… thinking that this is just another empty warning and take the chance we will be spared from the damage?
We can not afford to get offended!! Realize, not every word or “judgement ” or “opinion” will be accurate…..learn to sift them…disregard what doesn’t apply and meditate on those that do apply. But if it does apply…. APPLY IT…… I would rather someone warn me I am going or doing something that leads me away than wake up one day too far away to find my way back !!
Thank you God for sending those sirens in my life to keep me nudged back into the right pathway by judging my actions… daily!!!
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise.
A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.