Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Only One Judge

"There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and destroy.  But who are you to judge your neighbor?" James 4:12 

Our study has had so many good and convicting teachings on this subject.
One verse mentioned this week really opened my eyes and touched my heart.

"The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment."
1Cor 2:15
People who walk in the Spirit judge "things." Not people.

Do you ever read something in His word and it is brought to life? 
 That happened with this verse this week.  There has been a lot of grumbling and griping lately at work about people.  They should do this, or they should be that, she should have this done or should do that - just a lot of attack on people's character.  The grumbling and griping has done nothing to correct the situation.  It has only stressed people out and brought hurt and division among some of the staff.
If the management would go sit down with the person and observe them for a day or two to judge or discern the thing (the stacks of paper that keep growing and getting further and further behind), they may find out that it really isn't the person.  It takes time to do every task on her desk, and some of these tasks can not be sped up - it may take ten minutes per task or twenty minutes per task with all the processes required to complete it.  After calmly monitoring the time it actually takes to complete several duties, a better analysis can be made to fix the problem.  If it is "her" speed causing the problem then address it and correct her, if it is a process taking too much time that doesn't have value added then eliminate it.  Attacking and judging her does not and will not fix anything - but discerning and judging the issue will lead to a solution.   There are times we grumble and gripe - wanting things to go perfectly but we don't want to really look at the thing to figure out how to fix it or deal with it - it's so much easier to attack the person.
Doesn't it make you think about that phrase I know you have heard so many times?
Love the sinner - hate the sin
(the above illustration is not saying that person is "sinning" - I believe they are given more than they can handle at the moment)
Love the sinner - hate the sin
I know I'm guilty of attacking the person instead of addressing the thing
How many times have you torn someone down instead of trying to correct the situation?
it might be your spouse - instead of attacking their character -
address the thing - the action that was done or not done
it might be your child - instead of belittling or tearing them down
guide and teach them to correct that matter

 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.  James 2:8

some of you have gone through some huge things
financial sufferings
disobedience of child
supervising issues
driving in the Metroplex

keep your judgment on the thing - be wise - stay in the Spirit - and LOVE PEOPLE
if they are in need of judgment - leave that to the ONE who knows BEST!


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