Posts Tagged ‘Grace


Who Are You To Judge?

We are often confronted with Jesus’ words of do not judge lest ye be judged. James repeats this command in his letter to the church. He writes:

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:11-12 (NIV)

When we speak ill of one another, we are acting like judges over our brothers and sisters in Christ. Whether it is slander, gossip or insults, we are judging people against our own standards. How quickly we forget that we are a people who have been saved by mercy and grace. Shouldn’t we extend that same mercy and grace to others? When we hold people up to our standards or even the standards of God’s righteous law, we are in danger of having to be judged by that same standard. Before you judge someone today, show them the same mercy and grace you want from God. Instead of judging them, love them. Instead of condemning them, encourage them. We are a people saved by grace in order that we might extend grace to others.

God Longs For You

Our Heavenly Father is a jealous God. He’s not envious, mind you. Rather, He is jealous the way someone is jealous for their spouse. God wants all of our love and affection because He loves us so deeply. After saying that friendship with the world means hatred toward God, James wrote:

Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.” – James 4:5-6 (NIV)

God gave you your life. He gave you your spirit and soul. He knows your deepest longing and your deepest need and that is Him. When we run after the things of this world and choose them over God, it breaks His heart. Yet, He shows us great grace when we return back to Him. The Bible says that we are all like sheep who have gone astray. God lovingly searches for us and brings us back to His arms of safety and love. If you’re wandering away from God, you have to know that it is safe to return home. He’ll welcome you back with grace and love.

Breaking The Law

We sometimes believe that sin is not really all that bad. We’ll attach greater weight to some sins more than others. While some sins have greater consequences than others, they’re all the same and Jesus had to die for them all. James wrote:

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. – James 2:10-11 (NIV)

Sin is a big deal. Our sin sent Jesus to the cross. Unforgiven sin sends people to hell. Sin is no laughing matter. Whether you commit one sin in your entire life or 10,000 sins in a week, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment and to pay the penalty for all of our many sins once and for all. Put your faith and trust in Him to forgive your many sins and by the grace of God, He will.

I Have To Earn My Salvation

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This is the second message in our series, “Fake News & Alternative Facts.”


We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

It is Good Friday. Luke wrote in his Gospel:

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:33-34 (NIV)

I wonder if Jesus still asks the Father to forgive us because we don’t know what we’re doing. When we hurt those whom we love, do we know what we’re doing? When we complain to God about our situations and circumstances, do we know what we’re doing? When we sin against God, do we know what we’re doing? Yet God, in His goodness and grace, continues to forgive us even though we have no idea what we’re doing. Jesus was beaten, tortured and crucified because we don’t know what we’re doing. Remember His sacrifice today for by it you have been saved, forgiven and set free. Even though we don’t know what we’re doing, God knows what He’s doing. He’s loving, forgiving and transforming each of us by His love.

Grace Talk

When considering how we act toward people who are outside of the faith, we need a reminder from the Apostle Paul about how we talk with them. He wrote:

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

Facebook. Sure, Paul had no clue as to what Facebook would be, but I’m positive he would write, “Let your posts be always full of grace…” My brothers and sisters, Jesus always spoke the truth in a grace-filled way. If Jesus wouldn’t say it or post it, then we shouldn’t either. Screaming and yelling at people who believe differently than you won’t pique their interest in following Jesus. Season your conversations and posts with grace so that people will want to know WHO it is that makes you different. When people are struggling and wanting to know where to turn for answers, will they turn to you because you belittled them and berated them? Or will they turn to you because you spoke the truth in a grace-filled way?


God is our ultimate judge and we must remember what He says. The Apostle Paul wrote:

Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. – Colossians 3:25 (NIV)

There are two aspects to God’s judgment. First, He sees everything that we do – right and wrong. God sees our good deeds as well as our sins and He will hold us accountable. No matter what sins we have committed, we all answer to the same judge.
Second, God is an impartial judge. Your race, gender, age, religious affiliation and economic status will not help you escape judgment. Whether you sit in the White House or live in the poor house, God will judge you on the same terms as everyone else. You will be held accountable. Everyone from the President to the pastor to the pauper will be judged by God. There is only one way to escape a guilty verdict and that is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s love and grace covers over a multitude of sins for those who follow Jesus. Trust Him and not your good deeds to save you on the day of judgment.

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