How To Be A Judge Of Character

July 19, 2012

How to be a Judge of Character

            Mathew 7:7 says “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”  From the context it appears that Jesus is talking about being a critic.  There are those who delight in finding fault with others.  In the next verse Jesus says that if we are that kind of person, others will also try to find fault with us.

 

I John 4:1 says “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”   There is no way we can do that without judging.  Proverbs 2:6-13 says “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.  He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly  .    He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.   When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;   Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:    To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;   Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness.”

 

In personal relations there are often occasions when we have to put confidence in someone.  Only a fool puts confidence in someone without having reason to believe that he is worthy of his confidence.  We do well by being slow to trust in someone we don’t know.  We need time to observe them and thereby know if they deserve our confidence.

 

Below are three windows we can open that will give us insight into the character of a person.

 

First we need to take into consideration a person’s relationship with God.  Mathew 7:17 says “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”   If one has the right relationship with God it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for him to sin, but, in general, it will mean that he will have a number of good qualities.

 

We also need to take into consideration one’s relationship with those around him.  Is he submissive and respectful of those in authority?  Is he humble and willing to acknowledge his faults?  Is he compassionate and willing to help others?  If one has these qualities, it’s not likely that he will take advantage of others.

 

The third window that reveals one’s character is the matter of self discipline.  Does he respect and keep time schedules?  Does he know how to redeem the time as it says in Colossians 4:5?  “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”   Is he prudent with his money?  Does he keep his promises?

 

Our character manifests itself in a number of other ways.  We can save ourselves from a number of misfortunes by judging the character of others.  I Peter 5:8 says; “The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” There are also people walking about seeking who they can take advantage of.  It’s not enough just to pray “Deliver us from evil.” The Lord expects us to vigilant and not fall into the traps that are set for us.

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