1 Corinthians 4:3-5: Our Concern
Now, I am not at all concerned about being judged by you or by any human standard; I don’t even pass judgment on myself.
How, then, do we view ourselves if not through our own eyes or the eyes of others? Has Christ called us to another standard? And is this standard higher or lower than the one we have cleverly laid out for ourselves?
My conscience is clear, but that does not prove that I am really innocent.
Why do we bother to measure ourselves at all? Is measuring necessary? What do we gain or lose by pulling out a yardstick to compare ourselves with others?
The Lord is the one who passes judgment on me.
Can we say this about ourselves? Does God’s view matter more or less than the view of the world? We believe we know the answer to these questions, but does our life reflect our belief in the simple idea that God’s view matters more than the views of the world?
So you should not pass judgment on anyone before the right time comes.
Do we have the openness to consider the views and perspectives of other peoples, cultures and societies? Do we have the honesty to see our concerns as at least equal to the concerns of others?
Final judgment must wait until the Lord comes; he will bring to light the dark secrets and expose the hidden purposes of people’s minds.
Do we have the patience, the persistence, and the honesty to allow God’s judgment to guide our lives?
And then all will receive from God the praise they deserve. (GNT)
Do we have the hope to live in the Creator’s plan, the fidelity to act in Christ’s body, and the love to live in the Spirit of God?
Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God. (NABRE)
Do we pretend that our own power and resources can handle our concerns, or do we place all our concerns in the hands of God?
When we compare varying translations of these verses, we have the opportunity to explore how we form and how we act on our own concerns.
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