December 6th, 2018
Are You A Hounding Hypocrite or A Hugger of Holiness?
Romans 2:2-4 (KJB) But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
It is sad, so many people hang themselves by the same noose they apply to the lives of others. What do I mean by this statement? It is simple, most people can be highly hypocritical about the decrees of God. They expect others to live up to a strict spiritual standard that they do not choose to apply in their own lives.
It is the “Beam in your eye” drama that unfolds in Matthew chapter 7, which is speaking about a judgmental person who applies God’s judgment to another’s life without properly judging himself. Or with what happens in John chapter 4 concerning the woman who seeks water at the well in the middle of the day, likely to avoid other people’s opinions and stares about choices made in her life.
The crowd did see her speaking with Jesus that day and desired to openly throw rocks at her. Though a pelting with rocks was a sentence used against an adultery in biblical times, this compassion used by Jesus is an example of godliness and proper judgment, not based on her outer appearance, perhaps rumors, and lifestyle choice, but sincerely upon the inner condition of her heart.
Jesus knew what this woman needed was a hug of holiness, not “a holier than thou” attitude, a punch in the gut, or being stoned to death.
Jesus Christ gave her that much-needed hug of hope and it changed her life!
You see, there is a proper judgment, as discussed in John 7:24, where a person can and should judge. Using godly discernment (which is a proper judgment) in guiding them through life. This is a kind of “knowing” that only God can lead us to recognize. It is not carried out simply by appearance, or what a man can plainly see with his eyes. Righteous judgment can only take place according to measurements taken against the girder of holy estimations of God. Doing so has nothing to do with any opinion of mankind, but solely to do with how a servant’s heart driven by God can “look” at a situation as measured by the Truth of God’s Word.
A man and woman of God can and should look at the fruit production of others in reading their spiritual state but understanding that only God can lead His child to “see” a difficult situation with their heart and leading them to give a “holy hug” to a desperate heart in need of the power and presence of God in this world.