Excellent snippet from John P. Sartelle’s article in this month’s Tabletalk magazine from Ligonier Ministries. Sartelle discusses our tendency to quickly and flippantly pass judgment on each other as Christians over matters that we cannot discern:
“Who among us is able to perceive the motives and purposes of the deepest recesses of the hart?
The one who seemed so humble may have been totally motivated by a raging fire of pride in his inner being.
The pastor whom we thought should have been more of an extrovert and more visible in the community may have been the quiet priest who spent hours on his knees daily for his city and flock.
That is why Paul said, “Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.” He alone is omniscient and just.”
Notice that this is not some over-arching condemnation of all discerning judgment that is to happen in the church. Paul here is talking about the innermost motives that we all have, but none of us can truly see in one another. Give grace to your brother, sister, Pastor and Deacon in the church. If they are obviously sinning, call them out. But if they are serving the Lord with all their heart, don’t exalt them too high and certainly don’t pretend to know their every motivation in their heart of hearts, either.