“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment; yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; and yet am I not hereby justified; but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God.” 1 Cor. 4:3-5
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
Oh, I wish these scriptures were a bit more popular! How many people (who claim to love God) seem to be judgmental? Well, for your enlightenment—God is not “cool” with that. I did not say it, the Bible does! In these scriptures, the apostle Paul says that it is actually pointless to even judge yourself; because God is the ultimate and final judge and His judgment is the only one that actually matters! So, what are we to do? Well, as far as the Bible is concerned there are two commandments that Jesus said to follow. We are to love God with all our hearts, with all our minds and with all our souls and we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. If we do those two things, I believe we will be too busy to even have time to waste on petty judgments. What do you think?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive me! I have felt so angry at being judged by people—especially people of “God”. This has caused me so much pain that I have lashed out and hurt many people, including myself. I ran from you, because I thought the church was full of a bunch of hypocrites. It is! Because the church is full of humans, and we are all hypocrites! I give my heart to you. Change it, Lord. Give me a soft and empathetic heart that sees the hurts and wounds of another and does not want to inflict more pain, but has a desire to heal it. Lord, help me to take every hurt that I have endured and not only bless the ones that have hurt me, show me how I might have instigated that offense. Show me if I had any party to it, and help me to own up to my part (if there was any) to that offense. Heal the parts in me that want to think I am better than another. This is the most vile trait I have seen in the followers of Christ and I will not become a stumbling block for anyone else. My life will be used to bring people higher. In Jesus’ name, bless my life so I can be the same kind of blessing to others that Jesus was in mine. Amen.”
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