Be Judgmental

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1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

It is critical that a person is right with God when they take the Lord’s Supper. The verse above is the key to a person taking the Lord’s Supper worthily. God commands the believer to judge themselves. Yes, that means you need to be judgmental, not of others, but of yourself. If you learned to be a judge of yourself, you could avoid many heartaches of sin if you let your judgment move you to becoming a better believer. Let me share four observations about the importance of you being judgmental of yourself.

First, the greatest critic of you should be you. Nobody likes it when others are critical of us, but one of the reasons we don't like it because part of what they say about us is true. My friend, if you became your own greatest critic, you would not have to worry about your criticism being false because you know yourself the best. Nobody knows you like you do, and if you were judgmental of yourself, you could correct many of your problems.

Second, be honest in the judgment of yourself. John 7:24 says, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” One of the greatest harms you can cause to yourself is to be dishonest in your judgment of yourself. Being dishonest in your judgment of yourself does you no good. You cannot correct your weaknesses and sins if you don't become honest in the judgment of yourself. Being honest with yourself allows you to correct that which hinders you from being everything for God that you could be for Him if you corrected your weaknesses and sins.

Third, your judgment of yourself does determine your future. Being dishonest in the judgment of yourself hurts your future, but being honest in your self-judgment gives you a bright future if you correct those areas that need correction. Your future depends on you being judgmental of yourself; don't hurt your future by refusing to judge yourself and refusing to be honest in the judgment of yourself.

Fourth, when judging yourself, don’t forget to see the good. Here is a critical key to being judgmental of yourself. Don't be so hard on yourself that you don't see the areas where you are doing good. If you never see the good that you do, you will discourage yourself. You may see a lot of bad in yourself, but there is something good in you that you could see, and seeing it will encourage you. Being honest in judgment is not only seeing the bad, but it is also seeing the areas of good, and especially the areas where you have grown.

Now, what areas should you be judgmental of yourself? First, be judgmental of your motives. Be sure that your motives are right in the areas where you do right. Don't live your life with ulterior motives in the right that you do. Be sure your motives are pure.

Second, be judgmental of your heart. Proverbs 27:19 says, “As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.” You know your heart the best, and you must judge it to see if it is cold and indifferent, or if it is right with God.

Third, be judgmental of your effort. As Matthew 22:37 says, be sure that you are giving your whole effort in what you do for the Lord. The effort you are giving may be more than another’s effort, but is what you are giving your best effort? Be sure that the effort you give to God is your best effort.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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