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Judge Right - Judge by the Spirit

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 21, 2024 | John 7:20-24


Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. John 7:24 (NKJV)


We encounter Jesus in John 7:20-24, confronting the crowd's misguided judgment. Amidst their scepticism and hostility, Jesus challenges them to judge rightly, urging them to look beyond surface appearances and make decisions based on truth and righteousness. This call to discernment resonates deeply in our own lives, where we often face the temptation to judge hastily or unfairly.

Jesus reminds us that true judgment is not merely a matter of outward observation but stems from a heart aligned with God's will. He invites us to examine our motives and intentions, ensuring they are rooted in love and guided by the Spirit. When we judge others, let it be with compassion and understanding, seeking to build up rather than tear down.

It's easy to be influenced by societal norms or the opinions of others, but Jesus encourages us to stand firm in our convictions and discernment. As we navigate the complexities of life, may we be guided by the Spirit of God, our ultimate source of wisdom and truth. Let us strive to judge rightly, following the example of Jesus Christ, who showed us how to love and judge with grace and righteousness.


On what do you base your judgement? What motives the outcomes of your observation and conclusion? Do you sometimes have a prejudiced view? Let your observations, findings and judgements be guided and motivated by the Spirit of God and make room for Him to operate within you.


Dear Lord, may my judgements be guided by the Holy Spirit in every decision I make. Lord, please keep me in alignment with your will for my life. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.




DAILY word study: JUDGE The word Judge appears twice in our key verse for today's devotional. The Greek word for "judge" used here is "κρίνετε" (krinete), which implies making a discerning evaluation or decision based on truth and fairness. It conveys the idea of exercising discernment and wisdom rather than passing superficial or biased judgments. In the first instance, the word κρίνετε" (krinete) is used to denote making a negative evaluation or condemning someone, especially based on outward appearances. The second instance refers to where discerning judgment is necessary. Here, "κρίνετε" (krinete), signifies a righteous and insightful evaluation based on truth and God's will.

The usage of the word in the verse reminds us not to judge others hastily or based on limited information. We should strive to understand situations and people before forming an opinion. Ultimately, God is the righteous judge, and we should trust in His perfect wisdom and timing. Reflections: How can we cultivate a more discerning and less judgmental attitude towards others? In what situations might a fair and honest judgment be necessary? How can we trust in God's perfect judgment, even when things seem unclear?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | APRIL 21, 2024

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