Don’t Judge, Love Instead

Don’t Judge, Love Instead

As Christians, we’re called to love one another deeply and wholeheartedly. However, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of judging and criticizing our brothers and sisters in Christ. Romans 14:13 warns us about this tendency:

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”

Judging others not only goes against God’s command to love, but it also creates division and stumbling blocks within the church.

When we criticize and look down on fellow believers, we damage the unity of the Body of Christ.

Root of Judgement

At the heart of judging lies pride and self-righteousness. We convince ourselves that we have it all figured out, that our way is the right way.

But the truth is, we’re all imperfect and in need of God’s grace. Who are we to judge another person’s walk with the Lord?

Instead of dwelling on others’ faults and shortcomings, we need to examine our own hearts and motives. Are we acting out of love and humility, or are we elevating ourselves above others?

Promoting Unity Through Love

The antidote to judging is love – the kind of selfless, sacrificial love modeled by Jesus Himself.

When we truly love our brothers and sisters, we extend grace, acceptance, and understanding. We don’t nit-pick or tear them down; instead, we build them up and spur them on in their faith.

Rather than creating obstacles, we remove them by fostering an environment of love and support. We celebrate our diversity and different perspectives, recognizing that we’re all part of the same body with unique roles and gifts.

Building Up the Church

As members of Christ’s church, our calling is to encourage and uplift one another, not to judge and divide. Let’s commit to putting Romans 14:13 into practice by:

  1. Checking our hearts for prideful judgement towards others
  2. Extending grace, acceptance, and love to all believers
  3. Promoting unity by removing stumbling blocks and obstacles
  4. Building up the body of Christ through encouragement and support

When we love one another wholeheartedly, without judgement or condemnation, we reflect the love of Christ to the world around us.

Let’s be known as a people of love, not judgement, and watch as God’s spirit of unity transforms His church.

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Finding Refuge

Finding Refuge

This verse is a powerful declaration of faith and trust in God. The Psalmist uses a variety of metaphors to describe God as his protector, provider, and source of strength.

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalms 18:2

Solid Symbols

  • Rock: A symbol of stability, security, and enduring strength.
  • Fortress: A place of refuge and protection from enemies.
  • Deliverer: One who rescues from danger or trouble.
  • Shield: Protection against attack.
  • Horn of salvation: A symbol of power and victory.
  • Stronghold: A fortified place that offers safety and security.

Verse Applied

  • Reflect on the challenges you face in life.
  • Consider how God can be your rock, fortress, and deliverer.
  • Place your trust in Him and know that He is always with you.

Further Exploration:

  • Read the entire Psalm 18. It’s a song of thanksgiving by David, praising God for His victories.
  • Memorize this verse as a reminder of God’s strength and faithfulness.
  • Spend time in prayer, thanking God for His protection and provision in your life.

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Second Coming: Staying Alert and Hopeful

Second Coming: Staying Alert and Hopeful

Many people wonder about the timing and signs of Jesus’ second coming. Matthew 24:26 offers some guidance:

“So if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here he is!’ or ‘There he is!’ don’t believe it.”

Matthew 24:26

This verse discourages getting caught up in speculation about the exact timing. The key is to be prepared in our hearts:

  • Living a Christ-centered life: The best way to prepare for Christ’s return is to live a life that honors Him.
  • Staying Alert: While we don’t know the exact day or hour, we are called to be watchful and engaged in our faith.
  • Sharing the Hope of Christ: Spread the message of salvation and prepare others for eternity with Jesus.

Being Prepared for the Second Coming:

  • Focus on your daily walk with Christ. Live a life that reflects your faith and values.
  • Share your faith with others. Tell people about the hope you have in Jesus.
  • Stay informed about biblical teachings on the end times. However, avoid getting fixated on specific dates or sensational interpretations.

The Second Coming is a time of hope for believers. By staying focused on Christ and living a faithful life, we can be prepared whenever it occurs.

Further Exploration:

  • Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 for another passage about the Second Coming.
  • Consider studying biblical teachings on the end times with a balanced perspective.
  • Focus on sharing the Gospel message and living a Christ-like life.

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Faith and Righteousness, Justification by Faith

Faith and Righteousness, Justification by Faith

The question of salvation and how we achieve it is a central theme in the Bible. Romans 4:3 offers a clear answer: we are justified (made righteous) by faith in God, not by our own good works.

“For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.'”

Romans 4:3

This verse references the story of Abraham in the Old Testament. Even though Abraham wasn’t perfect, his faith in God’s promises was counted as righteousness.

Understanding Faith and Righteousness:

  • Faith is trusting God. It’s believing in His promises and relying on His grace for salvation.
  • Righteousness is God’s standard of holiness. We can’t achieve it on our own, but God offers it as a gift through faith.
  • Salvation is a free gift from God. We are saved by His grace, not by our own merits.

Finding Salvation Through Faith:

  • Recognize your need for God’s forgiveness. We all fall short of God’s perfect standard.
  • Believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Accept His sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins.
  • Put your faith in God. Trust in His promises and live according to His Word.

Remember, Romans 4:3 is a cornerstone of Christian faith. By placing your faith in Jesus Christ, you can receive God’s righteousness and experience the gift of salvation.

Further Exploration:

  • Read Ephesians 2:8-9 for verses about salvation by grace through faith.
  • Consider praying a prayer of salvation, expressing your faith in Jesus and accepting Him as your Savior. It might go like this: “Dear Lord; I really need to be forgiven for my sins; they are many! I am sorry, and I am reaching out to You today to forgive me, and to receive me into your Kingdom; please, by faith I believe You and Your word. Amen”
  • Talk to a trusted friend, pastor, or counselor about the prayer you just prayed.

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God’s Goodness: Beyond Anger and Judgment

God’s Goodness: Beyond Anger and Judgment

Nahum 1:2The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.

Have you ever read a Bible verse like this one, that kinda left you scratching your head? A verse that talks about God’s anger?

It can be tough to reconcile the idea of a loving God, with a jealous or angry one.

Good News: God’s Love is Real

The Bible overflows with God’s love for us. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, proving just how much He cares. (John 3:16)

He longs for a relationship with us, filled with joy, blessings, and His presence. He’s faithful and keeps His promises.

But Here’s the Thing: God is Also Just

God is perfectly holy and righteous too.

Sin and evil go against everything He stands for. He hates injustice and the suffering it causes. He’s not some indifferent observer; He’s actively involved, a God of justice and judgment.

Understanding God’s Anger

So, why the anger? God’s jealousy isn’t like petty human jealousy.

It’s a fierce defense of His glory and His name. His anger is a response to evil and the harm it inflicts on His creation and His people.

He’s not impulsive or vengeful, but sovereign, patient, and wise.

How This Impacts Us

This verse shouldn’t make us fearful, but grateful for God’s amazing grace.

He hasn’t punished us as our sins deserve. He offers forgiveness and welcomes us as His children.

This should also make us respectful and obedient. It’s a wake-up call to the seriousness of sin and the importance of turning away from it.

Putting It All Together

Here’s how this truth can be a guiding light in our lives:

  • Facing Troubles: When life throws punches, trust that God is in control. He’ll see you through and deliver you.
    • (Psalm 46:1) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

  • Seeing Injustice: When you witness unfairness, pray for God to intervene and bring peace and justice.
    • (James 5:16) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

  • Overcoming Temptation: When tempted, resist the devil and flee from sin. God is your protector and helper. (James 4:7)
    • Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  • Seeking Forgiveness: When you mess up, confess and ask for forgiveness. He’s your Savior and healer. (1 John 1:9)
    •  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

  • Living for God: As you worship and serve Him, express your gratitude for His goodness and faithfulness. He’s your Lord and King. (Romans 12:1)
    • Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

God’s character isn’t a confusing puzzle. He is both loving and just. He’s not a tyrant, but a loving judge. He’s not distant, but a personal Father. He’s not a weak ally, but a strong and faithful friend.

Let’s rejoice in His goodness, with a healthy respect for His anger, and yes . . . His Wrath! Let’s love and obey Him, worshiping and serving Him with all our hearts. He deserves nothing less.

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