The Lord loves judgment. To be more specific, He loves righteous judgment, and He has been clear about what that is. We need judgment on the basis of these facts:
- We are not building our own kingdom, we are building the Kingdom of the Lord, therefore we must use His standards. Everyone who builds must build by His standards or their work will be condemned. Christ told the Sadducees and Pharisees that He did not judge them, but the writings of Moses did. Paul said he did not judge himself, but the Lord did. The lesson here is we do not apply our own judgment, but we apply the judgment of GOD’s Word and Spirit. This is the only way our buildings will meet the Master Builder’s specifications.
- We have to first gain experience applying the judgments of GOD to ourselves before we try to assist others with their structures. It is one of the main ways we learn humility, empathy, compassion, patients, and temperance. If you find someone that is a scorner, puffed up with pride, it is an indication that they live by their own standards instead of GOD’s. Anyone subjecting themselves to the divine standards of GOD will be gracious from the knowledge of their own dependence on His grace.
- Before you can choose what is right, you have to apply judgment to all the choices. Be not deceived, you cannot establish equity and justice without judgment. Justice and equity are the product of applying the standards of GOD.
The Church and the world are on low ethical grounds today because the people of GOD have not faithfully championed the Lord’s standards. There is a great inspection coming, and the Master Builder is going to judge every man’s work to see if the structure of his life is in compliance. The lives that have not been built by His standards will be deemed unfit and cast away. It is the Church’s job to model and promote those standards, and to warn people of the coming inspection. However, if we do not even hold each other to GOD’s standards, how can we witness justice, equity, and righteousness to the world. The Church will also be inspected first and graded more harshly, so if it be found having the standards of the world in-lieu of GOD’s it will be awful. This is why it is important that we be transformed and not conformed.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
When Christ said, “Judge not lest you be judged,” He was speaking directly to the hypocrites. He was not speaking to those who apply the righteous judgment of GOD. The fact that GOD loves righteous judgment is all through Scripture. Look at the whole matter which Christ sums up here,
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Matthew 23:23 KJV)
The instruction of YESHUA not to judge, as in Luke chapter seven, is often quoted outside of the context He originally said it. If you go back and look at the context in scripture, you will see that He was speaking to the hypocrites cited above. Love for GOD is love for His standards because He and His standards are one. The standards of the Lord reflect His character, heart, and mind. To reject His standards is to reject Him.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21 NKJV)
People of GOD, it is time to return to GOD by returning to His standards and applying His judgments, to His Church first, and then to the rest of the world. This is the only means of restoring justice and equity to the earth.
7 The way of the just is uprightness;
O Most Upright,
You weigh the path of the just.
8 Yes, in the way of Your judgments,
O Lord, we have waited for You;
The desire of our soul is for Your name
And for the remembrance of You.
9 With my soul I have desired You in the night,
Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;
For when Your judgments are in the earth,
The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
(Isaiah 26:7-9 NKJV)