SITTING ON THE JUDGEMENT SEAT?
*WISDOM FOR TODAY*
*SITTING ON THE JUDGMENT SEAT?*
2 Cor 5:10 *For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Many judge before thinking. Many answer to matters before listening, many judge without first doing a self search, (Matt 7:5, Luke 6:42).
2 Sam 5:5, 7 *And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:*
*And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man....."*
Many of us today are sitting on the judgment seat instead of standing before it.
Only God through Christ, sits on this seat, we are to stand before Him.
When we sit on judgment seat, we condemn even the repentant sinnner rather than forgive them their trespasses as God does for us.
This is why we are not called to judge because if we do, we will judge wrongly since we are not qualified before God.
Since we are not qualified judges, scripture says in Matt 7:2 *"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.*
David almost fell into the same death judgment that he meted to the man in the parable told by Nathan but God's mercy saved him from death.
Nathan said to him in 2 Sam 12:13
*And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.*
What ensued in David's life establishes two things:
First, it follows that in God's Kingdom there should not be any condemnation once repentance is in place.
Second, punishment or discipline may follow after repentance but severe judgment is often mitigated or commuted as in 2 Sam 12:13.
Third, confession, repentance do pave way for forgiveness and absolution of sin, Ps 32:1, Heb 8:12.
It is also important for us to know that, It is not to say we cannot judge but we must do so after having done due dilligence and following God's approved standards, Prov 18:13. Besides doing this as written in Prov 18:13, it is also the code of conduct in the Judiciary to hear both parties to a case before judgment.
Are you called to judge? Do the needful to achieve equitable justice and God will do the necessary.
Becareful before you judge!
*Call to Word action.*
Deut 13:14 *Then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Before you pass judgment, remember, Amos 5:24 *But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.*
Lord, help me. Let no corrupt word of judgment come from my mouth, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and be blessed as you come into His presence.
God bless you.