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Lesson # Matt. 7:1-2
Study Material - Matt. 7:1-2
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 'Do not judge lest you be judged. 2 'For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
We are our own worst enemy. Here is the worst possible situation that the believer in Christ can find himself. This is a triple threat of discipline initiated by the believer and maintained by the believer against himself even though his target, of verbal abuse, might have really been in the wrong. But despite whether your target of judgment is right or wrong in truth, you by your judging are always in the wrong.
God reserves the right to judge. We have no right to judge. Now this judgment process is in reference to the sins of gossip, maligning and such. This has nothing to do with the proper use of ones authority to evaluate subordinates in an employment situation, or in a military situation, or some other organizational situation that is very much legitimate.
So what happens when we judge others? We open up a real can of worms against ourselves. What we wish (in judging) against someone that we dislike, is itself turned back against our self. This is the way it works. We dislike someone for whatever reason, whether rightly or not makes no difference. We, in that dislike, initiate a mental sin. This is the first sin for which we are to be disciplined. Second we accuse that other person (our victim, or target) in a verbal sin, and that is a verbal sin, so we receive discipline for that as well. Third we accuse our target of something, and that something is the third sin (judging) for which we will be disciplined.
There you have it. A triple whammy against ourselves for our failure to control our own thoughts and our own tongues.
We have already seen, in the previous two chapters, that we need to purge our thoughts and actions in our aspirations for that purity of heart status, or fellowship as we call it. Because inside that bubble of fellowship, or inside that fortress of fellowship , or inside that palace, or temple, or whatever you wish to call it, is Gods protection, blessing, security, location or environment of spiritual growth, and so forth.
Outside that sphere of protection, is the jungle, and you are either inside the palace or outside of it, and in the jungle. In the jungle there are rules that are 'no' rules. The strong survive, and the weak suffer, and the strong always become the weak sooner or later. So out of fellowship you have the jungle environment against you, but as a believer in Christ, you also have Gods discipline against you as well. And Gods discipline in the sin of judging is a triple spanking. This added to the jungle negatives, you can place yourself in a real position of hurt.
So the next time you catch yourself in gossip, in maligning, in judging of any kind, and then wonder why your life always seems to be in the toilet, well here is the answer. Triple discipline compounded by life in the jungle.
The more rigorous you are against your intended victim, the more rigorous Gods discipline will be against you. So you really in effect, to some extent are setting the level of your own whipping. Sometimes a bright person will realize that the board that is hitting them, is in their own hands. A really bright person will figure out the problem and discontinue the causes. That is, they'll stop the gossip or sinning or whatever it is that they are doing that is responsible for their suffering.
Fellowship, or the pure state of heart is a tight environment. It is a Holy place. What is Holy? It is the combination of Gods righteousness and Gods justice. It is a state of no sin and the demand for the judgment of sin. When you enter into Gods presence via confession, then you are in effect standing on Holy ground, standing before God in fellowship, so you need to remove those soiled shoes so to speak which refers to the sin in your life. That is confess those sins to the Father directly and in the privacy of your own soul. With sin in your life there is no active functional relationship with God, only the jungle and Gods discipline.
So make your life a lot better. Stop the gossip. This includes all the little talk you do on the phone, or at work, or in the social settings, or anywhere for that matter. You can of course reject this warning, but then you unleash the wrath of God against yourself. And God knows all your thoughts as well as the little games you might be playing inside your own mind. Again do yourself favor and correct your flaws in this area and your life will change dramatically. Not only in your relationship with God, but with people who live and work around you. They'll cease evaluating you as a judgmental person. They'll cease accusing you of hypocrisy in your Christian life and therefore setting a bad example because of your opinionated attitude against others.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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