Count It A Very Small Thing

1 Corinthians 4:3-4–With me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment. yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

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We are judged by others–Other people judge us.  It can mean to form an opinion and yet not be expressed in a negative way.  Man’s judging of others is based on outward things and depends on the 5 senses.  At best it is a superficial examination.  Once on “Britain Has Talent” a woman came on stage and people said that she was homely.  They felt that she could not sing because of what they saw.  Then she opened her mouth and out came this beautiful music that amazed everyone.  Sometimes we are judged in a positive way and sometimes in a negative way.

Count it as a very small thing–Too often this besets us and weakens us in many ways.  Don’t constantly defy what anyone else says or thinks about you.  You don’t have to resist them and defend yourself.  Don’t make more of it than it really is, thus making a mountain out of a mole hill.  Don’t give in too completely to or be influenced by what anyone else says or thinks about you.  Count it as a very small thing.  Be yourself, and follow God’s will for your life in spite of what others say or think.

Examine your self–Approach what others say or think with an open mind.  Examine yourself and see if what they say or think is right or wrong.  If it is right you might need to change.  If it is wrong then let it go.  Above all, don’t return evil for evil but overcome evil with good by doing good to them, blessing them and praying for them.

The ultimate Judge is the Lord–He shall utter the final word about us and our life.  His decision will make others evaluation of us and even our own evaluation of ourselves of no value.  The Lord does not see as mortal man sees; for “man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).  The Lord sees everything and everyone in its true reality.  It is Him that we must please and His examination that we must pass.