In this second article, Sande notes that there are limits to making charitable judgments. In such cases—where further investigation may be needed—the goal of treating the neighbour with love still remains (per the ninth commandment). To that end, the author helps us get at the root of critical judgments, alerting us to three ways we judge that are destructive and costly to relationships.
What tendencies do you have in the judgments you make about others? In this first of a three-part series, Ken Sande reflects on judging by way of passages such as Matthew 7:1–6 and 1 Corinthians 13:4–7, with a view to offering practical suggestions on how to make godly, charitable judgments about others.
Looking at the Ninth Commandment, this article shows that though the God demands truth, He does not totally forbid lying. In fact, God Himself uses lies in the Bible. Based on this, the author shows there are times when Christians can lie too. When this happens, the issues of the goal, motives, and conscience should be taken into consideration.