Show Respect: Romans 14:10

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There is no room in the family of God for one group to pass judgment on another. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus settled the issue:

Do not judge (present imperative with a negative can be paraphrased = “Stop doing this” – it was going on) lest you be judged.” (Mt 7:1, one of the most inappropriately quoted text in the Bible! Why? Because they stop here – the context tells us more about “judging”.).

As noted Jesus’ warning about not judging has far too often been taken out of context and used by many to say that we are never to disapprove of anything another person does. What Jesus actually said in context was…

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then (this is critical, not before but after the log removal) you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Furthermore how would we be able to follow through on Jesus’ charge He gives a few verses later declaring “You will know them by their fruits” (Mt 7:16 — speaking of false teachers)?

And so believers are called to be “fruit inspectors” but this assessment is still in the context of first being “log removers”! What Jesus is prohibiting in Matthew 7:1 is harsh and censorious criticism, not insight based on Biblical truth and the indwelling Spirit of Truth (cp 1Th 5:21, 22, Ro 12:9 1Jn 4:1).

Regard with contempt (1848) (exoutheneo from ek = an intensifier + outhenéo = bring to naught) means to treat someone or something as of no account and so to despise then based on the judgment that they are worthless or of no value. It means to show by one’s attitude or manner of treatment that the brother has no merit or worth!

Stop trying to take God’s place. You, the weak, why do you judge your brother? And you, the strong, why do you look down on your brother? It is wrong. You are trying to take Christ’s place when you do that. But remember that all of us, men and women alike, all brothers and sisters in one body of Christ, must individually stand before God’s judgment seat.

 

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