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Friday, August 9, 2013

Here Comes the Judge

How would you judge yourself based on God’s standard regarding pride, cruelty or selfishness? Would your friends and others agree? Would you want to be held accountable for this? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1300).

In every case, the judge must be impartial…. If there is any reason that the judge might not be able to be impartial, such as the judge is a friend of one of the parties, the judge must withdraw from the case. That is called a recusal. (Source)

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:22-3).

I am very reluctant to let others drive my car or ride my bike. My thinking is this; if I should damage either one I will be rather quick to forgive myself. However if someone else should damage my car or bike I will likely become angry and unforgiving.

The essential problem in giving answer to today’s questions lies in the challenge of self-judgment. I know that my ability to rationalize anything at all on the road to looking good in my own eyes is almost total. In a real sense I am flat-out incapable of judging myself. I must therefore recuse myself from self-judgment as it is impossible to be objective about my own behavior. I am, to put it mildly, an interested party.

However, neither must I be willing to accept the judgment of others as absolute. For by now I am well aware that other people can have motives (based on friendship or antagonism) that cloud their judgment of me – for either good or bad. While I appreciate compliments and am always glad to hear them, I must always remember that only God knows the heart making self-congratulatory pride on this earth a little premature. I’ve had people ask me if I think I’m going to heaven when I die. Of course the answer is always a thundering affirmative. I’m less anxious to hear God’s judgment on the matter.

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