Do Not Judge the Call of Another

Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.”
Psalm 138:6

Being confronted by another believer who does not see your actions or choices as godly from their perspective often takes me aback. I realize on one side that I often have a prideful side of me that does not want to be confronted, but on the other side I also know that often times words of correction sent my way are often given within the context of another believer's call to follow the Lord and the interpretation God gave to them to live in a certain way to fulfill the scriptures instead of hearing directly from God to dispense God's will into the life of another person.

In circumstances like this I usually wait upon the Holy Spirit to put a check within my soul before I either agree or disagree with what I have been told by another. Not that I want to be rebellious, but rather as not let any interpretation of man lead me or my family amiss. Sometimes God tells me that the word another person gave me was meant for them and His calling upon me was not to go in that same direction, but then there are times I must gather up my broken pride and accept that what I have been told needs to be heeded.

How we live our lives and how God calls us to live in this world are not the same for each believer. For some, God calls for more isolation and for others their hearts need to be wiser to the ways of the world because of the testing they are meant to understand and endure in the future. Yes, we all must live in truth and we all must be careful not to find friendship with the world, but to those who are called to live in the trenches of the world the bubble of non-association is not a god-given choice.

I think that is why when James wrote his letter in the part I have highlighted below, he started out talking about not having friendship with the world, then followed up that discussion with the importance of humility before God and not double-mindedness towards one another, and then ended the section with the fact that believers should not judge the lawfulness of one another- that was for God alone.

As you read through this section of James below I hope what I have had to say above helps you understand the intentions of James' words and the instruction the Lord would like us to follow when we see our lives in this world in comparison to that of other believers and the choices they are called to make to live for Him.

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, 'The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously'?

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
'God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.'

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” James 4:4-12


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