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Judgmentalism

June 14, 2017

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Judgmentalism

In today’s world,  one often sees people  accusing another  of being “judgmental”.     What a terrible thing  to be!     We all cringe  at the thought  as we think  of Jesus saying  in Matthew 7:1-2“Do not judge  so that you will not be judged.     For in the way  you judge,  you will be judged;  and by your standard  of measure,  it will be measured  to you.”

So,  people often stop  what they were saying  if accused  of being intolerant  and judgmental.     They need  to assess  if what was said was,  in truth,  judgmental  or…….  if it was truth said  in love  to help a beloved fellowman.

Many quote Jesus’,  “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”     But,  they also like  to forget about  many other things Jesus said  to make people  see the truth  of their life’s situation.     For all those  who were on the path  to eternal destruction,  Jesus’ love  prompted Him  to be very pointed  in His efforts  to bring them back  to truth  and reality.

It was Jesus’ pointed love  that caused some people  to hate Him  and eventually  bring about His death.     It was this same pointed love  that brought many others  to their knees  in repentance  and changed lives.

There is no love  in allowing a person  to continue  on a path  to eternal destruction.     Jesus’ love  was brave  in proclaiming truth  in an effort  to turn people around  and lead them  to the eternal salvation  of their souls.

So,  as we keep in mind the love  Jesus poured out  for us  in His suffering  and death  on the cross  to pay for our sins,  let us also remember  His many warnings  meant to keep us  on the straight  and narrow.     Here are a few  to keep in mind.

To the woman caught in adultery  in John 8:11,  Jesus said,  “I do not condemn you,  either.     Go.     From now on  sin no more.”

To the man Jesus healed  by the pool  in John 5:14,  Jesus said,  “Now you are well;  so stop sinning,  or something even worse  may happen  to you.”

Matthew 23 is filled  with Jesus’ condemnations  of a whole list  of sins.     A summary of His judgment  upon them  is in Matthew 23:27-28,   “Woe to you,  scribes and Pharisees,  hypocrites!     For you are like whitewashed tombs,  which on the outside  appear beautiful,  but inside  they are full  of dead men’s bones  and all uncleanness.     So you, too,  outwardly appear righteous  to men,  but inwardly  you are full  of hypocrisy  and lawlessness.”

In Revelation 21:8,  Jesus says,  “But for the cowardly  and unbelieving  and abominable  and murderers  and immoral persons  and sorcerers  and idolaters  and all liars,  their part will be  in the lake  that burns  with fire and brimstone,  which is the second death.”

So…….  is all this  being judgmental  and intolerant?

Those who love  to live  in their sins  will bitterly shout, “Yes!”     They might even wish  to join the crowd  that yelled,  “Crucify Him!”     They don’t want anyone  to reveal their sinful,  degenerate lifestyle.

But,  those who have seen the wonder  and beauty  of God’s love  for each and every one of us  will say something  quite different.     They will humbly exclaim,  “Lord,  I have sinned greatly.     Forgive all my sins.     Thank you,  Lord,  for taking all my sins  upon Yourself.     Thank you  for loving me.     Thank you  for making me clean  and holy  in Your sight.    Create in me  a clean heart  and a right spirit  that I may live  the rest of my life  according to Your righteous will.”

These people see  the absolute goodness  and holiness  in everything God has done  for us  and expects  from us.     They accept Jesus’ gift  of forgiveness.     In awe  and respect  for the greatness  of God’s love,  they truly desire  to live  in the same beauty  of righteousness,  goodness,  and love.    They understand  how God’s holiness  means  that He is absolutely perfect  in righteousness,  justness,  and love  —  all at the same time.

God’s justice  led Jesus  to willingly die.     God’s love paid  for our sins.     That’s not intolerance.

We share  the law  and the gospel.     If people don’t realize  their sinfulness  under the law,  the gospel  won’t have any meaning  for them.     They will remain blind  to what they could be in Christ.

God’s love covers many sins.    Accept it and say, “Hallelujah!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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