Friday, May 14, 2010
Days of thoughts
A week's worth of thoughts are here. Hopefully they are not mumble-jumble.
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matthew 7:1-2)
How I personally judge another will in turn be how I am judged. Not completely, not fully. I do not know what happened yesterday nor what will happen tomorrow. I only see this moment and that is not enough to make a blanket statement of judgment and/or condemnation.
"Only one who has followed yesterday's steps can be their judge," says Max Lucado.
Were you there? Did you witness the day or days before? Have you assumed too much? Do you think your personal knowledge is all that is needed? Is how you judge the same way you would like to be judged or do you think there should be a different criteria? Why are you different from me?
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." (John 7:24)
"Do not repay evil with evil." -- Do not raise your hand to strike. Do not open your mouth in anger; but remain still.
Suffering injustice does not hurt the Christian, but doing injustice does. Evil can do only one thing to you - make you also become evil. If this happens, Satan has won. You have given in. Don't want to go there, nor be there. What you dole out will in the end hurt you. If you never want to do evil to another do not raise your hand, do not open your mouth, be still. Be silent. Pray. Think on other things.
Will this also keep unnecessary arguments at bay as well?
When you or another strikes out in anger, the best response would be to say nothing; let the evil envelop empty space, have nothing to keep it aflame.
To overcome evil, you have to forgive endlessly.
How? See the evilness in others or yourself as Jesus sees -- He died for us. He loves us.
"I am with you ..." (Matthew 28:20b)
When you want Him, when you don't
Because He loves you
He died for you
He was obedient to His Father
He gave His life for you
He took your sins, my sins, upon Himself
He went to the cross
He died, was buried, and after three days,
He rose again.
Because He loves you.
He loves me?
Yes! Jesus loves you
all of us
How about you?
Do you love Jesus wherever you go, wherever you are, whenever, at all times? Are you as obedient to Him as He is? Would you die for Him? Do you know Him and accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior?
"I am with you" - Jesus