Judge not

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:37-38

This is one command I frequently fail to keep. It is just so easy to judge the actions of others. The two things I feel Christians do the worst job of is showing the love of Christ and being judgmental. We often say hate the sin but love the sinner but when we do this aren’t we judging? Too often we let our judgment of the seriousness of the sin, isn’t their sin always more serious than ours, get in the way of showing Jesus’ love. Too often we want them to clean up their act before we welcome them into our church.

Fortunately for us Jesus does not work that way. He accepted us before we cleaned up out act. Good thing too. The churches would be pretty empty if we had to get our lives in order before Jesus saved us. Jesus did not ask us to become perfect before He accepted us, no He accepted us and then began the process of making us perfect. For me that is a long drawn out process that will not stop until I reach heaven.

Christianity is not some club where you have to be acceptable to join. Christianity is a personal relationship between one person and God. And if God has accepted that person then who are we to cast stones at them? Sometimes it seems that we mouth the words that we are still sinners but in our minds we have convinced ourselves that we have already stopped sinning or at the very least that our sins are trivial. What we forget is that to God there are no trivial sins. All sins are acts against God and every one of them deserved death.

Yet we let a scornful look or a turn of the head because we just do not want to associate with those people turn some seeker away from God and toward hell. That is on us. We need to make sure that everyone has a chance to hear the Good News. We need to make sure everyone has a chance to accept Jesus. We are not the Judge, thank God. Judgment is God’s purview. I for one am thankful for that.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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3 Responses to Judge not

  1. I agree with you David we are not to judge anyone by our own agenda or judge their eternal destiny only God knows their heart but we are to judge those who sin in the Church by God’s Truth as He tells us to do. It is not Love to look the other way and let Satan get a foothold in someones life, as he did in mine, I will leave a link below for you. I did not fall away by rejecting Jesus Hebrews 6 but I had falling into sin and now I respect greatly my friends who were faithful and obedient to God and rebuked me firmly in Love and for Love, we are all responsible for keeping God’s Church pure starting with us.

    Set Free- http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/my-addictions-and-deliverance/

    To say we go on sinning when we are Born again is not confirmed in Scripture or that we will sin till we die, we are to aim to be perfected in Love and to reckon ourselves dead to sin and just like Paul and others did we will be perfected before we die.

    David we either believe what God tells us in Scripture or there is no use us trying to witness to others , how can God’s Truth be lived out in our lives if it is changed it to fit in with a fleshy agenda, we must put our Carnal flesh to death that causes us to sin, as Paul tells us in Romans 8 after he shared with us about his battle with his flesh in Romans7.

    I would be willing to show anyone David why they are in error to say we can’t be perfected before Jesus returns or before we die but not by arguing or finally agreeing to disagree but by seeking God to show who is in error by the confirmation of Scripture until we are both in agreement but not by sharing what we think or we have been taught by others that is not confirmed.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, once again thanks for your thoughtful comment. I cannot help but think how much better the world would be in Christians did a better job of showing Christ’s love and leave the judgement to God. Not that we condone sin but I know in my own case once I fully committed to Jesus I needed no one to point out my sins they were very evident to me. Have a blessed day, David

  3. God tells us David to judge those in the Church who don’t repent like you did, No we don’t condemn them but if they continue to sin, we are not to fellowship with them until they turn from evil and choose to do good by the empowering of The Holy Spirit.

    Sin is why the Church is like it is today and why Christians are not taken seriously, they talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

    Some Christians also reject the Scriptures that confirm, we do not continue to sin when we are Born again and that we are to put our Carnal flesh to death that causes us to sin, they don’t believe Jesus has set us free from the Slavery of sin, instead they claim we will continue to sin till they die and so they do instead of aiming to be perfected in Love, they also reject God’s guidelines in other ways too, such as Woman are not to teach in Authority over men, which they will do if Ordained as Ministers in a Church and there are others they disobey too.

    Jesus will be returning soon, the Church needs to get it’s act together God’s way, He won’t force them to but it does show their lack of Love for Him and Faith without Love is dead! so it is their choice to remain in darkness instead of coming to The Light but they will be accountable for doing so.

    As always David, I will provide the Scripture that confirms what I share if wanted, if not than you can do a word search and confirm them yourself, if wanted.

    Blessings – Anne

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