Everyone has an opinion based on their past experiences. Job was hounded by his ‘friends’ because of what they thought they knew. Job 13:2 says, “What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.” Verse 4-5 says, “But you are forgers of lies, you are all worthless physicians. Oh, that you would be silent, and it would be your wisdom!”
These are words that we need to take to heart. Human (flesh) nature is quick to judge. Why? Romans 2:1 is the answer. It says, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” Hmm.
God’s judgment is what counts. At the beginning of the book of Job we read His judgment. In Job 1:8 God called Job His servant. He went on to say, “…there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.”
Psalm 15 is a great Psalm for us to adopt as a lifestyle that pleases the Lord. You can read it for yourself. I’ll recap: walks uprightly, speaks truth in his heart, does not backbite, does no evil to his neighbor, takes up no reproach against his friend, despises vile people, honors those who fear the Lord, stands by their word, and doesn’t exploit others.
I want to go back to ‘speaks truth in his heart’ because that is the key to sound judgment. Micah 6:8 says, “…what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” What we think becomes our words, actions, attitudes, and then habits.
What do you think? If it isn’t based on the truth of Scripture, it is your opinion based on your own erroneous belief system. A judgmental spirit is critical in their assessment, because they first judged in their heart against another. Beware of being a faultfinder. Your words will be void of heart and therefore not able to reach another’s heart.