The difference between rebuke and judgment. Judgment is to condemn someone of there wrongs in a hateful matter. Rebuke is out of love, that you want that person to do better.
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7
And again He (Jesus) stooped down and wrote on the ground. John 8:8
What if the stones were words of judgment and what if Jesus was writing on the ground the words from Galatians 5:19-21
-outbursts of wrath
“Judge not that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1
What about the behavior between believers. Don’t you think God would want us to respect each other, even in our short coming.
“Let us not become conceited, provoking on another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:26
Conceit: arrogance, narcissism, vanity
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
Corrupt: debase, pervert, adulterate, taint.
What if you have a situation like a sinning brother. What if you told or rebuked him and he will not listen. Now your not judging but just want him or her to stop. What do you do?
“And if he refuses to her them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him he to you like a heathen and a tax collector.” Matthew 18:17
“But not I have written to you not to keep with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner-not even to eat with such a person.” 1 Corinthians 5:11
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Matthew 7:6
What if he does hear you and then repents. Nothing is better then “rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”
“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:7-8
Scoff: mock, deride, jeer, ridicule
“Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.” Psalm 141:5
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