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“God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?” (Psalm 82:1-2)

Who knows all things but God? Who can rightly judge the reality of the heart but the Lord alone. Leaders are raised up to govern, but not to judge by anything other than what the law clearly stipulates. You and I do not know who is truly wicked or whom it is that, in desperation, act the way they do. The Lord will correctly judge all according to their heart. Come to the Lord and receive His righteousness.

Lord, I see things and make determinations based upon what I see. Help me take a step back and recognize that only You know what is in our hearts. Guide me to trust You in all things, knowing that You are in our midst. Lead me to discern right from wrong, but to be slow to act when dealing with others amidst things I do not know. You alone are the One who is able to determine the righteous from the wicked.

Lord Jesus, even amongst Your disciples there was Judas who betrayed You. By Your example, teach me to be wary of judging when I cannot know what is in the other’s heart. Let me not look at the outward things, but see to it that the judgement of the Holy Spirit upon my own heart is effective to move me ever more closely to You. Lead me this day according to the Father’s will to do what is good and right. Amen.

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