Five Points of Judging with Discernment for the Intimate Follower of Yeshua

~@ROliverLuce | 11-22-16

Let us begin first with discernment! There is a difference between judgment and discernment. Not as some might believe. But discernment has to do with a perception of direction and even understanding of the issues and situations. Issues and situations that Christians experience everyday perhaps which the Holy Spirit will bring to bare that always confirms God’s Word in the Bible: both “The Book of the Covenant”{O.T.} & “The New Covenant”{N.T.} books. (2*)

However, there are those who believe judgment and discernment are the same which they are not. Discernment “can” become a subset of judgment in forming an opinion {legal or otherwise}. (4*)

On the other hand judgment deals with an opinion or an evaluation that is compared to the Torah/Law. (3*)

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Now, the 5 points in Judgment.

##(1.) Judging un-righteously even from an outward appearance.

James 4:11,12(1*)
11 Brothers, stop speaking against each other! Whoever speaks against a brother or judges a brother is speaking against Torah and judging Torah. And if you judge Torah, you are not a doer of what Torah says, but a judge. 12 There is but one Giver of Torah; he is also the Judge, with the power to deliver and to destroy. Who do you think you are, judging your fellow human being [unfairly so]?

##(2.) Be prepared to be judged in the same way you are judging. Otherwise don’t. Because if you are judging un-righteously you will not be fair in your assessment of a brother even in your own bitterness or pride.

Matthew 7:1-5(1*)
“1 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 For the way you judge others is how you will be judged — the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you. 3 Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when you have the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly, so that you can remove the splinter from your brother’s eye!”

##(3.) Never judge someone who is a fool who refuses discipline.
Instead either move on, or leave them with a wise parable or proverb that will hit them later if there is a glimmer of hope for them.

Matthew 7:6(1*)
“6 “Don’t give to dogs what is holy, and don’t throw your pearls to the pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, then turn and attack you.”

##(4.) When you do judge do not do it from the outward appearance nor from preconception but from a righteous heart and with righteous claims from the Torah (law) with graceousness that allows the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to operate.

At times there will be a time for standing up to righteousness with boldness but nevertheless with God’s graceousness in mind!

John 7:24(1*)
“24 Stop judging by surface appearances, and judge the right way!”

##(5.) Avoid and ignore those who cause divisions, even with their un-righteous judgements. Those who do judge rightly, but with evil motives, in dividing brethren avoid as well. Command those who do divide to stop with God’s love in mind!

Romans 16:17(1*)
“17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put snares alongside the teaching in which you have been trained — keep away from them.”

Summary: The final outcome of judgment is whether you have the grace of God on you or not when you make a judgment that’s either good or not so good at all.
To say it another way, we are to judge each other’s behavior but never to judge one another’s heart [in condemnation].

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~~~ Bible Versions ~~~

## (1*) Complete Jewish Bible: An English Version of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and B’rit Hadashah (New Testament)

~~~ Definitions ~~~

## (2*) Definition of discernment:
Discernment is a perception, in the absence of judgment, with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding [for yourself and for others.]

## (3*) Definition of judgment:
Judgment is an opinion or decision that is based on careful thought.
: the act or process of forming an opinion or making a decision after careful thought.
: the act of judging something or someone
: the ability to make good decisions about what should be done

(1) a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
b : an opinion so pronounced

(2) (a) a formal decision given by a court
(b) [1] an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court. [2] a certificate evidencing such a decree.

(3) (a) a capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God
(b) : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God

(4) (a) the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
(b) an opinion or estimate so formed

(5) (a) the capacity for judging : discernment
(b) the exercise of this capacity

(6) a proposition stating something believed or asserted

Summary of judgment:
The process of forming an opinion or evaluation of someone by a comparison of standards with (either accurate or inaccurate) apparent behavior.

Dictionary Reference:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judgment

## (4*) A Possible Difference Between Judging & Discerning
from a third party source:
Quote:
“First of all, there is a big difference between judging someone,
and discerning evil. The two are not the same at all. In
the Bible, the word “judge” is often a woeful translation of the
Greek word “katakrino.” This word literally means “to judge
against.” In other words, it really means “to condemn.” But there
is another Greek word, “krino,” which is often translated
“to discern.” “Krino” literally means “to separate.” Or, to put it
more clearly, it means “to separate the good from the bad.”
These two words aptly show the contrast between judging
someone, which God forbids, and discerning, which God desires.
“To judge” means to condemn. It means to render a sentence
against someone as if you are God. And “to judge,” the way
Jesus forbade it, is always a product of a bad attitude. It stems
from never having seen that you are as needy as the one whom
you are condemning. “To discern,” however, carries no
desire to see someone “get what is coming to them.” True
discernment doesn’t condemn at all. It simply sees things as they
really are, with the mind of Christ.”

Reference:
http://www.goodnewsarticles.com/May98-4.htm

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