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DAY 28 SUNDAY: APRIL 2019

DO NOT MAKE YOURSELF A JUDGE!

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37).

A Christian should not for any reason make himself a judge over others because the consequence is very great. It is only God that is qualified to judge anyone because He is our Creator. In the opening text, the Bible says that Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. It is never the duty of anyone to judge his fellow neighbor because God is our final Arbiter in life. When you dare judge anyone, you are condemning yourself before God.

Jesus Christ did not judge anyone while He was on earth. A woman that was caught in the very act of adultery was brought to Jesus Christ by her accusers who already judged and condemned her. Jesus Christ said to the accusers thus, “…He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” (John 8:7). They all dropped their stones and left shamefully. Then, Jesus Christ said to her, “…Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:11). The reason why no one is permitted to judge his fellow neighbor is because nobody is totally freed from sin by human standard.

In fact, there is no one on earth that has the right and privilege to judge anyone. Therefore, you should never arrogate God’s powers and privileges to yourself. It is suicidal for you to dare such a thing. That is the reason why the Bible says in Romans 14:4, “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” Therefore, everyone should remember the parable told by Jesus Christ concerning a Pharisee and tax collector who went into the temple to pray. The Bible records that the Pharisee condemned the tax collector and praised himself before God, but the tax collector humbly asked God for forgiveness. God had mercy on the tax collector and forgave him but rejected the Pharisee and his arrogant prayer (Luke 18:9-14).

Daily Tip: As a Christian, you should never dare judge another because it is not your responsibility and duty to judge. Therefore, be warned! Shalom!

Golden Text: Judge not, that you be not judged (Matthew 7:1).

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. Oh Lord my Jehovah! I condemn judgmental spirit in my life today and forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I repent today from judgmental spirit in my life forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: John 8:3-11. RBT: 2 CHRON. 17-19

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