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Who is The Judge? September 12, 2008

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Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)

“You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” (Romans 14:10)

As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we may come into conversations where “you are judging me” can be directed at us as we proclaim the Gospel. I have really had to pray at times when this attacking verbage has been thrown my way, because sometimes I want to waiver and apologize. But if I stop and consider the motive of my heart, the answer becomes clear. I am not judging, in fact, I’m really not even criticizing. Any time these words have come on me, it’s because of my confidence and obedience in God’s Holy Word. I see people around me that only find joy in temporal things…things that waste away. While finding joy in things of this earth can be okay, depending on what it is, it shouldn’t be the only joy. I don’t judge them for that, but I try to encourage them in (the spirit of love) about the joy that is eternal and everlasting…. Jesus Christ. I can be extremely empathetic because I was there just a few years ago. I understand when people complain about life, gossip and slander others…(maybe even loved ones), and live without hope. I UNDERSTAND. So, I would never dare judge someone’s life. I believe the journey that God allowed me to go through was for a specific purpose. And the people God is constantly placing in my life have this same reoccuring theme that was the theme of my former self. It makes sense to me. He knows someone like me can relate to them, share my testimony and radical transformation. He has given me the burning passion for evangelism. He knows how excited I am to share the Gospel. He also knows I’m still a baby Christian, and I am learning how to use my spiritual gift in a way that is MOST edifying. It’s a process of growth….sanctification…..and one day I will be perfected in Glory when I am standing on the golden streets in heaven. But because I am part of the fallen human race, I will stumble along the way. I am learning more everyday through God’s amazing and life changing Word…and I am always grateful that I worship a God of grace, not of law!

Lord God, thank You for Your Word. It encourages me and guides me more than anything I have ever known. Thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. Empty my heart of any selfishness, pride, personal gain or agenda, and in exchange place humility(godly wisdom), patience, self-control, love, joy, peace, and above all to do everything in life for Your glory. Keep drawing me closer to You. Thank You for a week that’s been filled with clarity, growth, forgiveness, humility, and perserverance. Thank You also for giving me my husband. I know You are working something awesome in his life and mine. Thank You for filling the desire in his heart to be such a rock of support and love to me. He is a tremendous gift from You. Praise You! Amen.

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