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Judgement or Encouragement

Romans 14:19

So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up
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How we do we know the difference between judging someone for where they stand with God and encouraging them to dip their toe a little deeper into the river of life?  Sometimes we see bothers and sisters in Christ struggling with so many things and having walked a certain path we know where our help comes from and we have this desire to show them the way to hope, yet they think we are judging them for where they are.  Soon we are arguing about who is right and what is wrong; soon the scene seems to become so hopeless.
There are many hurting people out there and sadly lots  of them are Christians who know God has a plan for their lives and He is their help in present time.  I just want to shake them until they get it, yet I know it is best to just love them where they are at.  I always joke about how I can post something cheesy about God on Facebook and 12 plus people will like it but the moment I mention revival I barely can get any response.  I guess what I am trying to say is that revival changed my life when it came to nearby church.  I have not been the same since I fell in love with Jesus again and I just want others to experience this too.
I wish I could show people just how much can change in your life when you begin to seek a body of Christ to be a part of.  I know the church is not a physical building but rather the church is alive in each of us and moves about the earth proclaiming Jesus is Lord.  Yet I know in my heart of hearts that if I did not have an actual group of Christians to hang out with I would surely have slipped into my old ways.
Let me be real for a moment.  When I separated from my first husband I was so broken and in need of love that I might have fallen into so many traps if I had not been in an actual church.  I might have gone back to my partying days or started sleeping around with other men.  Had it not been for the good group of people I was surrounded by I may have just left God all together.  I was so hurt I would have done anything for love even if it was the wrong kind, yet I was held true to God through the entire process.  I respected the love God had for me enough to know I did not want to wander back into my old style of living.
If onlys flood my mind as I try to convey this message.  If only they would go to church…if only they would surrender it all…if only they would choose worship music to listen to….if only they would stop using drugs and  alcohol as a hiding place…if only they would choose to come to revival….if only they would want to change…if only they would love my Jesus like I do.  Nope, I am not perfect in any way, shape or form, but I know there is a God who loves me unconditionally, no matter where I am at and I have this desire to do the same for His people.
So call it judging if you want to but I just want you to know the love of Jesus in your life.  I want you to allow God to radically change you.  I want you to press in and reach the hem of Jesus’ garment.  I want you to be healed and whole so that together as a church body we can bring the light of Jesus to a lost and dying world.  This is why I invite you to revival over and over again.  This is why I invite you to join our women’s group week after week.  This is why I plaster my Facebook wall with Jesus stuff….it’s not because I am religious but because I want you to feel this love.
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You ARE Just LIke Everybody Else

Psalm 103:4
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

Isaiah 30:18
[ God Is Gracious and Just ] Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

Acts 10:34
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Romans 2:11
For there is no respect of persons with God.

Ready for this one?  You are not any different than anybody else…in the eyes of God.  God does not lay any precedence in the life of another who seems to be ahead of us in the Christian Walk.  He loves the president of a company just as the secretary.  He loves the preacher the same amount as the newly born Christian.  He loves the drug addict just the same as the devote Christian.  Let us take a moment to wrap this around our brains, God created us, He loves us, He wants a relationship with everyone He has placed the breath of life into, why would He love us each differently?  No matter where we go, no matter what we do, our God has compassion and scoops us right back into His loving arms and welcomes us home.  Look at the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:30-32) the father rejoiced upon the return of his wayward son and so too is it with our Heavenly Father.

As we begin down the road to the Promised Land we begin to see that God has spared us from a multiple of mishaps along the way.  I can name several instances where I could see where God saved my life and if He did it for me, would He not do it also in the lives of others around me?  God pulls people, saved and unsaved, out of fire struck buildings and smashed cars every day and when they walk away and honor God for their recovery God is glorified.  The Bible says to do ALL things to Glorify God and having compassion for others is one of them.  How many times are we quick to judge others even if we don’t really mean too?  I have to repent all the time when I start to make judgements and conclusions about others around me. The world has made us so stero-typing that we have lost sight of God in all of it.  Do we honestly think God looks down at earth and separates us into “groups”?  Do you think when we get to heaven we will have our own sections according who we were on earth?  NO!  God loves all of us with the same agape love and no matter how we try to deny it, it is not going to change.

We may stomp our feet when someone gets their dream before we get ours, however I assure you we need to examine what we have not done in our own lives to see why.  For years I have thrown a pity party of one because of the lack I had in my life.  Well, it was not because God did not want to bless me, it was my lack of faith and trust which left me in the middle of my disaster.  It wasn’t because God did not love me the same as my friend who had a huge home, nice car, money in the bank and a life that just seemed so perfect.  It was because I chose not to listen and thought I had it all under control.  We have no right to place people in categories and I am sure it is not fair to anyone to be “placed” in a certain group.  We need to stop judging the lives of others and focus on how we can have compassion for them instead.

Take the homeless man you just passed along the road, how did you react?  Did you begin to make a life story for him without even knowing what he was all about?  How about the loudly speaking person in the grocery store, do we judge where she came from and what she is complaining about?  Watching a child being disciplined in public, do we quickly frown upon the parenting skills and begin to judge?  I really encourage all of this coming week to ask God to let us see others like He does.  I feel as I am writing this tears welling as God is gripping my heart in this area.  We are to have compassion, judging is for God, not us.  We help shine the Light when we ourselves step out of the judging position and lower our walls to meet people right where they are.  Why is this so hard for us?  I don’t pretend to have all the answers, and frankly I do not want to know them all, however I know what I hear in my spirit.  Compassion is a key we all need to hold in our out stretched hand to those in need.  If you give it, God will give it to you.