Matthew 7: King James Version (KJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
via Matthew 7:1-3 KJV – Judge not, that ye be not judged. For – Bible Gateway.
I participated, mostly as a reader, in a Facebook conversation today (Thursday). It is that conversation that prompts me to present this verse to you for this fine Friday morning.
For sure, for sure I smell the hot breath of hell every time today’s cultural interpretation of this verse is thrown as a trump card on the conversation table. Hear me! Such usage of this verse is nothing more than a ploy from the abyss aimed to silence those who know the truth about sin, hell, and eternal life.
Great day in the morning! as my Tennessee family has said. READ the BIBLE! All of it! In CONTEXT! The WHOLE COUNSEL of GOD warns me that I better tell folks that JUDGMENT has come already upon them if they have NOT believed the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST.
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He that believeth in Him is not condemned; but He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
via John 3 KJ21 – There was a man of the Pharisees named – Bible Gateway.
Hear me! I am NOT judging them. I am telling them what GOD has already judged. This I know, any honest soul seeking GOD will be GLAD to hear that they can be forgiven and their sins can be removed from them and placed on the LORD JESUS CHRIST giving them LIFE ETERNAL! What kind of selfish, ungrateful, unloving, unkind, poor excuse for a Christian would I be if I kept quiet and did not share this glorious Gospel at every opportunity?
A quick study of the word Judge in the Greek language as it was first written in our referenced verse can be found HERE. In summary, I understand this word to mean that for me to put a soul asunder from me, to determine, resolve and decree on my own accord apart from what GOD has revealed in His Word that, that soul is worthy of condemnation and banishment from GOD, ineligible for GOD’s forgiveness upon that person’s repentance, would put me in grave danger myself – worthy of GOD’s judgment upon me.
Are you judging when you say a soul that leaves this world without having exchanged his sin for the Righteousness of JESUS will spend eternity in hell? How could you be? That is what GOD has already said. You are only delivering the Message GOD has commanded all His children to tell.
Are you judging when you say a person engaging in sexual intercourse with a person to whom they are not married is committing sin? Let me emphatically say to you: No, you are not! GOD has already judged that behavior as sin. Who are we to disagree with Him?
And sin does not stop with immoral sexual behavior. There’s lying, stealing, murder, gossiping, coveting, bearing false witness, dishonoring your parents, and on and on the list goes — All these behaviors GOD has already decreed to be sin. We are foolish indeed to disagree with Him.
But a word of caution. A strong caution. To point out the sins of another while we ourselves are failing to obey the Greatest commandments makes us the greatest of hypocrites.
Matthew 22:37-39 King James Version (KJV)
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
via Matthew 22:37-39 KJV – Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love – Bible Gateway.
ABBA, this is a sobering message and an encouraging one. One to empower us to speak the truth in love; one to give us boldness to love people enough to tell them the truth. I pray that every dear one who comes to this page to read and pray we will be so emboldened with Your Love, mercy, and truth. That we will gladly be instruments in Your hands to rescue others from the danger of hell. And, ABBA, we come with our sick and afflicted and ask that You heal them. And please rescue and save our wayward ones in JESUS name. And, ABBA, thank You for this great day of National Prayer that we have experienced today, and, ABBA, thank You for watching over Israel and I pray for Peace for them. Amen and .