In today’s verse, Jesus’ brother Jude warns us not to use God’s guaranteed forgiveness as an excuse to stop growing.
diakrinō means “to judge, distinguish, evaluate” -Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary
judge: (transitive verb) to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises (intransitive verb) to form an opinion. (Merriam Webster)
One of the differences between a transitive and intransitive verb is that one owns an object and one doesn’t.
“When applied to oneself, it can mean to “doubt” or “waver.”-Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary
distinguish- (transitive verb) to perceive a difference in: mentally separate (intransitive verb) to perceive a difference in.(Merriam-Webster)
Notice that, just like judge, the transitive verb is more defined than the intransitive.
“…to make distinctions shows a lack of true faith.” -Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary
evaluate- (transitive verb) to determine or fix the value of. (Merriam-Webster)
This time, no intransitive verb. Evaluate is attached to an object. The secondary definition Merriam-Webster lists states:“to determine the significance, worth, or condition of usually by careful appraisal and study.”
Why did diakrinō pop up in a verse about kindness? God is teaching us by exposing our tendency to “diakrinō ,” and warning us not to buy into it. Christianity is not about pointing fingers, or making excuses for the mistakes we make. When we attach ourselves to kindness instead, it’s impossible to judge, distinguish, or evaluate another life alongside our own.
diakrinō is used in a technical legal sense in Paul’s exhortation for believers to refrain from suing one another. (1Cor6:5)-Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary
We see fault in others when we are blind to our own. It’s all over social media, but it’s not new. I love that the Bible deals with “believers suing one another.” Christians are not exempt from bad behavior. We are still sinners! That doesn’t change, but we shouldn’t exploit that as an excuse to justify the wrong we know we do.
No one walk with Christ will look the same as another. God printed every finger different, why would His love towards us be any less perfect, or personal?
“If you can’t be kind …be quiet.” Toby Mac
Father, Praise You for creating each of us different, and loving us all perfectly. Thank You for reminding us how important it is to be kind. Forgive us for pointing fingers at others and making excuses for our own bad behavior. Bless our hearts to soften toward others and be convicted of our own sin. Help us to repent and change each day of our lives, until we hug You in heaven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
How can you be kind to someone today? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace!
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