Judge Not — Part 1

January 2, 2023

It has been said that “things are as God sees them, and not as they seem to me.” And John 7:24 says, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” One key aspect of this command to “Judge Not” is that we are not to judge things from our own point of view or preferences, but we are to allow God to bring us into agreement with His perspective.

When we take it on ourselves to cast judgment on others, we are putting ourselves in the place of God. There IS a good and righteous Judge, and it is vital for us to allow Him to re-calibrate our inner sense of justice according to His heart, His Word, and His law. Then He is able to use us to restore those around us.

  • Gabe Cleator, Host

    Gabe Cleator loves Jesus and desires to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with Christ as the All-Sufficient One. Gabe holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, is author of the book Always and in Everything, and currently serves as the director of the Home Discipleship Network under the ministry of IBLP. His passion is to see God’s people turn back to a vibrant, living Christianity that has Christ at the center and the Word as the foundation. Gabe and his wife, Sara, live in East Texas where they enjoy serving the Lord together and spending time in the great outdoors, taking fishing trips or visiting National Parks.

  • Nate Paine, Host

    Nate Paine loves pointing people to God’s Word. After giving his life to the Lord at age 11, he has carried Isaiah 61:1–3 as his life verses, following God’s call to “preach good tidings unto the meek,” “bind up the brokenhearted,” “proclaim liberty to the captives,” and offer beauty for ashes through the Person and work of Christ. Nate completed his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, has served in prison ministry, and mentored many young men through the Journey to the Heart program. Today, he lives with his wife and four children in East Texas where he serves on staff with IBLP and the Home Discipleship Network. In his spare time, you may find Nate reading his favorite authors (Andrew Murray and A.W. Tozer), perfecting his pour-over coffee brewing, or adventuring with his children—preferably with fishing poles in hand.

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