Who Made You Judge - Broadcast for February 1, 2013
Have you ever said something and then immediately regretted it? Even worse is to speak wrongly without regret; to criticize when it is not your place. In James 4:11 we read: Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. (James 4:11 NKJV)
What is the fruit of speaking evil of a brother or sister in Christ? To slander a member of the family of God? When we do so, we are smearing their reputation and might be limiting their witness. At the same time we are setting ourselves up as above the law and taking a role not meant for us to take. We also damage our own witness when we speak evil of a brother because we reveal what is in our hearts.
Jesus said: “Judge not, that you be not judged.” The measure you use to judge another is the one that will be used to measure you. In other words, we should never slander a brother or sister in Christ. We are not the judge of their walk with God or their gifts or opportunities. Instead, we should encourage each other with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. We should comfort one another with the word of Christ's return. We should build and edify, but never tear down. This is done by rejecting gossip and reminding ourselves not to say such things. To avoid saying we also must avoid thinking; if we are judging in our heart then we will soon be pronouncing judgment with our mouth. A heart filled with praise will assure that we avoid judging and judgment.