Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Sure, we are supposed to test people (I John 4:1).
1. We’re not supposed to be naive and just believe everything (Proverbs 14:15).
2. We have to be aware that people like to tell us what we want to hear (Psalms 55:13-21 and Proverbs 26:22-28).
3. Therefore, we have to take time to examine fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).
B. We have to make sure we always have pure motives (Philippians 2:3-4).
1. Why’d they deliver our Lord for death? Was it pure motives? No, (Mark 15:9-10)
2. The hatred of the Jews toward Jesus (John 15:22-25) clouded their judgment of Jesus (Luke 23:13-26).
3. Our motives should be to see people saved, not lost (Galatians 6:1 and James 5:19-20).
II. Body: We Want To Be Righteous Judges (John 7:14-24).
A. There is a grave danger in wrongly condemning someone (Proverbs 17:15).
1. Trying to make the just fail (Proverbs 1:10-11 and Jeremiah 5:26) makes us wicked people (Psalms 119:110).
a. These trap setters think no one knows what they’re up to (Psalms 64:5).
b. Don’t be fooled, if you’re trying to get people to fail you’ll not escape judgment for it (Psalms 44:21 and Luke 16:15; cf. Matthew 16:27).
2. Assume things without ALL of the information (Proverbs 18:13 and John 7:40-53).
B. We cannot look for opportunities to make charges (Psalm 35:19–21, Luke 6:1-11 and Luke 11:53-54).
1. We’ll end up twisting what people say (Psalms 56:5).
2. We’ll end up routing for people to fail rather than succeed (i.e. Psalms 40:13-14).
C. We cannot be guilty of evil surmising [suppose; suspicion] (I Timothy 6:3-5)
1. Some people would be ready to accuse Apollos of not loving brethren (I Corinthians 16:12).
2. Some might accuse Paul of being a liar (I Corinthians 16:5; cf. II Corinthians 1:15 and I Thessalonians 2:18).
3. The fact is, if you or I think suspiciously of people we’ll end up reading too much into what they say or do (Acts 21:17-30).
III. Conclusion: Colossians 4:5 and James 4:11-12.
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