Faithfully Living In A World Of Unfair Judgment
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. The way worldly people judge is flawed (I Samuel 16:7).
1. Their judgment is rooted in hypocrisy (John 8:1-11).
2. Their judgment is bias [prejudice] (Matthew 13:53-58).
3. They do not rightly pursue all of the facts (John 7:40-53; cf. Proverbs 18:13).
4. Their judgment is influenced by more factors than truth (John 19:1-16).
5. The world is wicked (I John 5:19) which tells us how they perceive things (Psalms 50:16-23).
B. What is highly esteemed among the worldly isn’t with God (Luke 16:15).
1. The wisdom the world uses isn’t of God (I Corinthians 3:18-19).
2. Therefore, what they value isn’t of God either (I John 2:15-17).
C. Understand, when talking of the worldly, we are also talking of erring Christians (I Corinthians 3:1-3; cf. Romans 8:5-8).
1. There is not the world, the church, and then a “church foyer” with the “in-betweens” (I John 3:8-10).
2. You are either with or against the Lord (Matthew 12:30).
II. Body: Walk In Wisdom Towards Them… (Colossians 4:5).
A. Our lives [faithful Christians] are on display by God’s design (Titus 2:1-8).
1. Our faithfulness should be apparent to all (I Timothy 4:15-16).
2. Our conduct is to be above reproach (Proverbs 22:1, Ephesians 1:3-4, and I Peter 4:11-16).
B. Let not your good be evil spoken of (Romans 14:16).
1. It is not always possible to avoid be wrongly judged (Matthew 5:10-12 and Romans 3:8).
2. You can live so that honest eyes will see you’ve been wrongly accused (I Peter 3:14-17).
3. Don’t just think it is okay to let people think of you whatever they want and not care a bit about it (II Corinthians 4:2 and I Timothy 4:12).
C. Therefore think about not just whether what you are saying is right or wrong, but also whether it is wise to say or do it at the time (I Corinthians 10:23-33).
1. Knowing the unfairness by which your words will be judged (Psalms 56:5), choose them wisely (Proverbs 13:3, Proverbs 15:28, Proverbs 16:23, Proverbs 21:23, Proverbs 29:11, and James 3:13-18).
2. Are you glorifying God in your actions (Matthew 5:14-16)?
III. Conclusion: Psalms 39:1
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