To judge or not to judge?

Week beginning: 11th June, 2017 | By John Scriven | Bath

"Who are you to judge another man's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand."

Romans 14:4 (NKJV)

As Christians and lawyers, we are sometimes called upon to give advice to fellow believers in challenging situations. They may have been going down the wrong path and we may be tempted to judge them, rather than their actions.

We are responsible for our own actions and, where we have been given authority over others, we may need to exercise this responsibility with courage as well as grace.

But, to others who come to us for our help in making difficult decisions, we should offer our thoughts with humility. While we should be clear in what we say about their situation, it is not our place to judge them as people. We should pray for them that they will to seek the Lord for the right course of action.

Prayer points:

1. For all believers known to us facing difficult decisions: for God's guidance and that they will find the support that they need.

2. That we will be available to those who ask for our help, and that God will give us wisdom in offering our advice.