Dealing with Matters of Judgment

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7

How are brethren to handle differences in matters of personal judgment?

Is it Truly a Matter of Judgment?

  • First must determine if the issue under consideration is truly a matter of judgment or if it is a matter of sin instead
  • This determination is made only by an unbiased examination of the word
  • Matters of judgment may be questioned if they could be sinful under certain conditions or if they could lead to sin

If it is a Matter of Sin, Not Judgment

  • Private sins one commits against you (Matthew 18:15-17)
  • Private sins without sufficient witnesses / evidence (John 8:1-11)
  • Public sin — withdrawal (1 Corinthians 5:1-13), rebuke (Galatians 2:11-14)
  • More information here: Dealing with Sin

If it is Sin Under Certain Conditions

  • External conditions — based upon circumstances (ex: Exodus 20:26); must understand circumstances before we can pass judgment
  • Internal conditions — based upon one’s thoughts or motives (ex: Matthew 5:28); do not judge the hearts of others (Romans 14:4-5), assume the best first (1 Corinthians 13:7), do not condemn without understanding

If it Leads to Sin

  • We cannot bind extra rules upon others (Matthew 15:1-2,7-9; Colossians 2:20-23)
  • Warning of dangers is fine (Proverbs 23:31)
  • Gossiping about those involved is not

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