Discerning Eyes And Ears

Here is another way we are to be like Jesus. Isaiah 11:3 Amplified says, “And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears.”

Multiple times in my life I have jumped to conclusions based on what I saw or heard. 1 Corinthians 4:5 is a verse to help us corral that fleshly reaction. In verse 4 Paul clarified that the Lord alone is to be our Judge. He said, “For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.” Verse 5 says, “Therefore judge nothing before the time…”

Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Here is another corral verse. 2 Corinthians 5:16 says, “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.”

When we judge by what we see and what we hear, it is backed by our flesh. John 6:63 says that our flesh profits nothing. Judging with a critical spirit is the same as looking down our nose at someone. It is pride!

James 4:12 says, “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” When we judge another through a jaundiced eye, we are usurping God’s place as judge.

Korah, Dathan, and Abiram fleshly judged Moses. Then the Lord stepped in and judged them. He split the ground. The earth opened up and swallowed them. Hebrews 10:31 says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Here is our stance. Hebrews 5:14 says, “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

As we read His word, and observe to do it, the truth we take into our hearts will sharpen our discernment. We will judge rightly because we have fed our spirit man solid food. Following the Holy Spirit moment by moment will give us wisdom for all our interactions with others.

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