Properly Looking At Others
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. The Bible teaches us to examine others (Matthew 7:15-20 and John 7:24).
1. We can properly judge people by what they do or do not do (John 8:47 and III John 11).
2. At the same time, we can err if we’re not SURE of something we’re judging (Proverbs 18:13).
3. We’re not “THE JUDGE” and should not act as such (James 4:11-12).
B. The Bible teaches us not to trust everyone (Proverbs 14:15).
1. We’re taught of God to be cautious (Matthew 10:17 and Colossians 4:5).
2. Yet, we cannot assume the worst of everyone (John 7:51).
II. Body: Remember the goal of life is to save yourself and others (I Timothy 4:16).
A. Properly looking at others starts with you looking at yourself first (Psalms 51:9-13 and Luke 6:41-42).
1. Am I right to be judging others (Romans 2:1-3)?
2. Is my judging of others properly motivated?
a. Am I judging that person to help them (James 5:19-20)?
b. Am I judging that person to help others (Romans 16:17-18)?
c. Am I judging that person to help myself by learning from their errors (I Corinthians 10:1-11)?
d. Or… Am I just a faultfinder that finds joy in judging others (Luke 6:7)?
B. Not looking to say “Aha” (Psalms 35:19-21) or “Gotcha” (Psalms 119:110 and Jeremiah 5:26).
1. We don’t want to be guilty of evil surmising [suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it; New Oxford American Dictionary] (I Timothy 6:4).
2. You certainly do not want to wrongly judge a righteous person (Proverbs 17:15).
3. How could anyone get joy out of finding someone to be wrong seeing that this means a soul is lost (Romans 6:23)?
C. Remembering that things are not always as they seem (Acts 9:26) even when there is some evidence (Acts 7:54-8:3 and Acts 9:1-2).
1. People, even evil people such as Saul [a.k.a. Paul; Acts 13:9], can change for good (I Timothy 1:12-16).
2. People, even great people such as King Saul (I Samuel 10:21; 24-25), can change for the worse (I Samuel 15:26-28).
3. People that seem sure to fail (Matthew 16:21-23, Matthew 26:69-75, and Galatians 2:11) can turn out to be great people (I Peter 5:1-4).
4. Even when it comes to judging the words of others we have to be careful (I Chronicles 19:1-4).
a. Sometimes what people say might not be clear for lack of context, communication skills, or even because the message is deeper in some way. This requires us to really study what is said and not twist the words of that person (i.e. II Peter 3:15-18).
b. Changing one’s mind on something he or she said in the past doesn’t make them a liar (i.e. Jeremiah 18:8-10).
c. Because something doesn’t “seem” believable doesn’t make it a lie (Luke 24:10-11).
III. Conclusion: Focus more on yourself than on others (Psalms 119:59).
A. Yes, there are times we have to judge (Revelation 2:2) and not be too trusting (Proverbs 26:24-26).
B. Be sure your motives are not to destroy (Luke 9:56).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager