“The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after. Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed” (1 Timothy 5:274-25).
Jesus told us that by their fruit we would be known. This is not to say that we, or anyone, should judge others as to whether they are in the salvation of Christ. But it does mean that we can see things and recognize whether one is doing as they say or doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord. If the church would stop ignoring the obvious, it would be better for us all.
Lord, help me to be discerning in order that I may see what there is to see. The one who does evil needs prayer, edification and encouragement all the more. All of this is for the sake of those who are willing not to perish, but to come into new life. Lead me, Lord, in the right direction to see these things and then, when You give direction, to act upon Your command. Keep me from thinking I know what the outcome is.
Lord Jesus, You died for all of us sinners. You love us each equally and the Father desires that none would perish. Yet, there are fruits that are evident that point one way or the other. Lead me Lord to see what I need to see and yet to do so without making pronouncements even in my mind as to what I see and what it means. Through all things, lead me to love my neighbor and care for all equally and impartially. Amen.