In every case that comes before you from your people who live in the cities–whether bloodshed or other concerns of the law, commands, decrees or regulations–you are to warn them not to sin against the Lord; otherwise his wrath will come on you and your people. Do this, and you will not sin. 2 Chronicles 19:10
Rules and regulations abound anywhere a person may live or be, regardless of what nation he lives in. This goes from the national level all the way down to the individual homes. Along with the rules there are always those who judge whether someone is doing right or wrong in many situations.
Jehoshaphat appointed leaders to be judges throughout the land. He told them to judge every case and warn the people to not sin against God or else His wrath would come upon them.
No one really likes to be judged in anything. People like their absolute freedom and the world will quickly state that the bible says not to judge. Yet, the even the world has judges throughout the land.
Courts are not the only place that hold people who judge. Supervisors at a workplace judge how a person is doing his work. Teachers judge the child’s schoolwork. Parents judge their child’s actions.
Believers are also to judge themselves and others. This judging is in pointing people back to God and to not sin. Part of the gospel message is for people to recognize what sin is and the consequences of sin. In order for a believer to point out sin, there must be a judgment. This is not a condemnation, but just a warning of what is wrong and God’s judgment of it.
Immediately afterwards believers need to point people to Jesus for His love, mercy, forgiveness and salvation.
God has placed His Holy Spirit in you to point out sin in your own life. Be willing to judge yourself as to sin and repent before God.
He is also there to help you be a witness to the world of their sin and coming death. Working in His love and gentleness, be willing to show where people may be living in sin and show them the mercy and love of God, that He is willing to forgive and save them.
Gently guide other believers to turn away from sin and get back onto the path with God in righteousness and holiness.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to judge your thoughts, actions and words; that you will allow God to guide you in warning others of sin and its consequences; that you will point everyone to forgiveness and salvation in Jesus.