"Too Quick to Pass Judgment?"2 Corinthians 13:1
This will be my third visit to you. "Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses."
Thoughts for Today:In our passage today, Paul quotes a portion of Deuteronomy 19:15. Why? Because there was someone who said that Paul was coming back to Corinth in a particular time period. Yet, when he did not, the person's false testimonies regarding Paul's unfulfilled promise made him seem unreliable.
Deuteronomy 19:18a continues on to say: "The judges must make a thorough investigation..." And (related to a similar matter), Scripture tells us (Deuteronomy 13:15a): "...you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly." These verses say a great deal about how we are to conduct ourselves when we hear a complaint or accusation against someone. We are to carefully and thoroughly check out the facts and circumstances before we make a judgment.
It seems that all too often we are quick to pass judgment on a person, sometimes even ruining their reputation, before we have all the facts. A rush to judgment has destroyed many innocent people who were guilty of doing nothing wrong. How? Because they were tried in the court of rumor, innuendo and public opinion before they were given the opportunity to defend themselves.
Questions to Ponder:Is there someone or a situation in your life that you've come to judge too quickly? Have you investigated the matter thoroughly and not simply relied on the words reported by another? What can you do to promote justice and fairness when rumors are reported to you in the future?