Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Our last lesson ÒSee YourselfÓ (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/seeyourself_bay_112014.htm) is the foundation of this lesson. If you cannot see yourself, you MUST NOT even begin to look at others (Matthew 7:1-5).
1. Judging another in a way you do not judge yourself makes you a hypocrite (Luke 13:10-17).
2. Hypocritical judgment can destroy someone (Proverbs 11:9).
B. Make sure your motives for seeing others are right (Isaiah 29:20-21).
1. DonÕt be a trap setter (Jeremiah 5:26).
2. Be impartial [fair] (James 2:1-13).
II. Body: Seeing others in a godly manner (I Samuel 16:7).
A. You can know them by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).
1. Not listening just to what people say (Revelation 2:2).
2. Not seeing what they want you to see (Luke 11:37-39).
3. DonÕt be gullible (Proverbs 14:15).
4. We have to see others based on what evidence they give us by the actions and the fruit of their actions (John 8:47, I John 3:8-10, and III John 1:9-11).
B. You donÕt want to wrongly conclude something about others (Proverbs 17:15).
1. There are those who hurt the faithful thinking theyÕve done good (John 16:1-3).
2. Make sure you are not too quick to reach conclusions (Proverbs 18:13; cf. Joshua 22:9-30).
3. Just as in measuring yourself, use the right standard to see others (Isaiah 8:20).
4. DonÕt want to reach a certain conclusion so badly that you forsake wisdom in judgment (i.e. John 7:40-53).
C. (In this point, weÕre speaking SOLELY of brethren.) Will you properly use the information you gain by seeing others or will you use that information sinfully (Genesis 4:1-10 and I John 3:12)?
1. Will you wrongfully use that information to condemn (James 4:11-12)?
2. If you see wrong in others will you ignore what you find, make excuses, or act to be helpful (James 5:19-20)?
a. Will you follow the LordÕs plan of forgiveness (Luke 17:3-4)?
b. If they refuse to repent, will you obey or disobey God in what He says to do (I Corinthians 5:9-13, I Timothy 6:3-6, and II Thessalonians 3:6; 14-15)?
3. If you find someone to be an unrepentant predator, will you use that information to properly warn others (Romans 16:17-18)?
4. DonÕt dig for information to start trouble (Proverbs 16:27-30).
III. Conclusion: I Thessalonians 5:21-22
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