📅 Premature judgment – Daily Bible Reading

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October 14, 2022

Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 4:5

Premature Judgment

We read in 1 Corinthians 4:5:

5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God. 

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to judging others. Some believe that the Bible prohibits it all completely. However, a quick examination of the Scripture will tell us that there are two types of judgment: righteous judgment and unrighteous judgment.

In this verse, Paul is addressing the wrong type of judging other people. During Paul’s time, some people were questioning the legitimacy of his leadership. They looked at Paul’s work and made a judgment that was not fitting for any followers of Yahshua.

As a result, Paul was saying that we should not make final judgments and pronouncements before the time. It is like deciding who will win the race before the competition is over.

As the saying goes, “It’s not over until it’s over.” Making premature judgments can be fatal for us. One reason is that we are not designed to make the best judgment. There are just so many things that we don’t know about others. 

As the Apostle Paul explained, the only Judge that is qualified to judge is Yahshua because he can “both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.” Yahshua knows who we are in the open and in the dark. He knows our innermost desires and motives.

When the final judgment comes, our praise will come from God and not from men. We don’t live this life to please other people, but God. That’s why it is not our duty to condemn other people.

As for now, let us not be too harsh with one another. We shouldn’t make a final conclusion about the fate of others. We don’t make statements like, “Oh, that person is hopeless.” Oh, that person will never change.” “Oh, that person will surely go to hell.”

Instead, we keep on praying for one another. We strive to love all people. We judge righteously and according to the Word of God.


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