I frequently think of verse 4. My conscience is clear, but it is the Lord who judges me. The first time I read it it struck me as true that I can not trust my own judgment of myself. I can not trust others’ judgments of me. I need to try and evaluate myself as God sees me. I am always his child, accepted and forgiven. My sins are permanently wiped away by Christ. However, the discernemnt of my choices, whether they are good or bad, is only clear in light of God’s truth. It is clear then, that God-focused motives are the basis to evaluate actions. We, therefore, have to avoid judging others especially when their motives are unclear.
1 Corinthians 4: 1-5
So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
- What must Paul and Apollos prove to be?
- Whose judgment matters to Paul?
- When should people judge each other?
- How does this attitude produce unity?
- Who have you written off and why?