Today's Chapter: 1 Cor. 2
Specific Text: 1 Cor 2:15-16
Which one of these phrases is NOT in the Bible?
Stop passing judgement
Do not judge
Spiritual people make judgements
If you guessed #3, you're wrong! In fact, if you guessed any of them, you're wrong... all of these are in the Bible! But how can this be? How can Bible be so contradictory? On one hand it says not to judge, but then it says to make judgements.
The difference here is how you judge. Are you evaluating things based on your opinion, or on what God has revealed to be true? Your opinion - when it's separated from God's Word - is almost always going to be wrong, and forcing it upon others will cause hurt and sometimes lasting injury. Not good.
Maybe if we change the translation of verse 15 it will a bit it will help, since judge has such a negative connotation:
The spiritual person makes judgments about all things... (NIV)
A spiritual person discerns all things... (LEB)
You can do this as well, because look at the huge promise Paul makes in the last sentence of this chapter:
We have the mind of Christ! (1 Cor. 2:16)
Of course the more you build up and develop your mind, the more you will be able to judge / discern, just like even though a person may have been given the body of an athlete, they still need to work hard to develop it. This is why it's so important for you to be reading your Bible and praying every day!
Once you have developed the mind of Christ which you have been given, you not only may be judgmental (again, not imposing your own ideas, but Christ's truth), you have a responsibility to be judgmental! When you see your friends about to do something God's Word says is wrong, something that will hurt them and others, you need to lovingly tell them they are making a mistake. When you see people latch onto beliefs that will pull them away from Jesus, you are obligated to be judgmental - as long as you are motivated by love for the person, and that you express your judgment wisely.
Prayer For The Day: Dear Father, thank you so much for putting your Spirit in me. Help me to develop the mind of Christ that you have given to me so that I can be a good witness for you.
Discussion Starter: What would be the best way to approach a friend who was beginning to accept ideas contrary to Christianity?