by Holy Host
You know right from wrong…even those who do wrong know right from wrong.
The murderer might take someone else’s life, but try to take his, and he will know it’s wrong.
The thief may break in and steal from others, but try to break into his place and steal his things, and he’ll know it’s wrong.
Although, there are certainly times where psychosis plays a part in crime, The truth is, criminals often know right from wrong but they allow things like greed, entitlement, anger and jealousy to cloud their judgment.
What does this have to do with you? Well, you too let things in your life cloud your judgment and often times it’s the same list of things; greed, entitlement, anger and jealousy.
At work, in your relationships, in your everyday life, you are letting things cloud your judgment.
Your blind devotion to things in your life become false idols that steer you away from your better judgment…even unhealthy devotion to good things can end up clouding your judgment.
Is it the devotion to your political party, your ethnicity, your job, your family ties, your girlfriend, your boyfriend… your religion?
Your actions stop being guided by the purity of what’s just or unjust and start to be guided by what’s best for you or your “team.”
But it is important that you are just in life, or it will eventually catch up with you…if you don’t judge yourself and your actions first…they will be judged by others.
1 Corinthians 11:31 “But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.”
Unfortunately, the church spends so much time judging the non-believer; they forget that is not their concern…the believer is.
God even says to focus your judgment on those in the church and not on the non-believer.
1 Corinthians 5:12,13 “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
Don’t let your judgment be clouded because of your own agenda and justifications.
If you condition yourself to justify bad behavior or bad judgment with the little things, you will soon find yourself justifying your bad behavior and judgment on the big things.
You must use your discernment and judge things righteously based of the facts of the circumstance, not just how they affect you or how they may appear.
John 7:24 says, “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
Scripture also says that if you have blind devotion to something, you are destined to go down the wrong paths.
Proverbs 19:2 “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.”
If a criminal focuses on its gang affiliation or selfish needs, he will morally blind himself and never be able to see the truth.
And if you only focus on your race, your political affiliation, your religious denomination…you will be doomed to the same fate. Simply put, you should do things because they our righteous and not do them if they are unrighteous – period.
If you cloud your judgment with a blind bias, your judgment will be both blind and biased.
If you witnessed a fellow Christian, someone of the same race or some other trait you share with them, break the law, it should make no difference to you.
God sees and knows all. Nothing including your bias will be hidden from Him.
“For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
The Psalmist called out to God for just discernment.
“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.”
The world tries so hard to conform you to it’s morality, you must fight the urge to give in and compromise on what you know to be true.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Culture, beliefs, political views, these are all good things as long as they don’t cloud your judgment with their own worldly agendas and philosophies.
Colossians 2:8 “ See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”
What causes good discernment? The word of God makes it clear, good, unclouded discernment comes from an abundance of love mixed with knowledge and deep insight…and those things come from God.
Philippians 1:9,10 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,