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A discussion on judging and the misuse of Matthew verse 1:7

 

Introduction

No one likes to be corrected. A common verse used by believers and believers when sin is rebuked is Matthew 1:7.  Many people use this verse to silence the accuser or to state that only God has the right to judge. Christians are often called hypocrites by non-believers and a proper understanding of this verse as well as when used in the proper context may help break down such barriers. In 2 Timothy 3:16 the intention and use of scripture is outlined as follows for reproof, for correction and for training. Therefore, it is not only God’s responsibility to judge but the right of everyman to judge in a kind and righteous manner using the scriptures guideline. (Bargerhuff 2012, 14).

God Judgement Judging Others

When taken in context the meaning of Matthew 1:7 is not to Jude another for the same sin or action that you yourself are committing. Christ himself commands us to continually strive towards purity and righteousness. We are to love our brothers as ourselves and to correct, especially within the church, the sins of others. Hypocrisy will hinder The Great Commission. Who would want to keep the company of a bunch of hypocrites or associate with self-righteous individuals? This was the problem Jesus had with the Pharisee’s and was the focal point of his message and the context for which tis verse is derived (Bargerhuff 2012).

Any correction should be done with love, kindness patience, and tolerance as no one likes the error of their ways point out. When conflict arises it is best to back away and let the Holy Spirit work on the person as it is from the Spirit all fruit, or character , springs forth . When used properly this verse can aid spiritual growth by making one aware that none of us are perfect and to check our motives, reminding us to check our own actions, thoughts, feelings and behavior before condemning that of another.

In God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit,

Trenton Clark Rindoks

Word count: # 377

Bibliography

Bargerhuff, Eric J. The Most Misused Verses In The Bible Surprising ways God’s Word is Misunderstood. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2012.

New International Version Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984.

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