A Study on Discernment

Judgment

If you were asked to define yourself as a lawyer, a jury, or a judge, which would you be? Do you tend to be a defender, always looking for ways to rebut the charges or do you try to find some technicality of the law that can be used to excuse the act?  Do you sit high on a bench and watch the proceedings being careful to see that everything happens properly and in order? Are you one who considers the evidence, measures the facts against the law and then, only after careful consideration, hand down the verdict?

As Christians, we often find ourselves conflicted when it comes to dealing with sin. It’s hard to point at someone else’s life when we are in our own battle.  We avoid judgment at all cost for fear we will be labeled a hypocrite.  Herein lies the dilemma, we can’t excuse sin, but our own guilt prevents us from confronting it.

Read 2 Samuel 12:1-6

Points to Ponder

  • Based on some of your own experiences, what do you think David might have been thinking and feeling at Nathan’s revelation?
  • According to Romans 2:1, why do we have no excuse for judging others?
  • What is the result of our judgments?

Something to Think About

Is there a similar situation as described in 2 Samuel present in your own life?  Ask God to reveal those hidden places in your heart so that you can be free of them once and for all.

©2012 Sandra Bivens Smith

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