Posts Tagged ‘Judgment


God’s Anger Is Coming

We don’t like to think too much about the anger and wrath of God. We tend to focus on His love and grace. We like to think about His mercy and forgiveness. We try to ignore the fact that sin has consequences. After listing a variety of sins in Colossians 3:5, the apostle Paul says this in Colossians 3:6 (NLT) when he wrote:

Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.

For the follower of Jesus, God’s anger and wrath have been satisfied. I once heard author Steve Brown say something along the lines of God has no more wrath for you because He poured out all of His wrath on Jesus on the cross. This is true. For the Christian, there is no fear or God’s wrath or anger. For the world, though, it is a different story. God’s wrath and anger is coming on those who reject His gracious offer of forgiveness through faith in His Son, Jesus. Yes, God is loving and merciful. He is also holy and just. God will judge everyone according to what they’ve done in their lifetimes. What will the verdict be for you?


Sick Of Sin

Are you tired of this sin infested world? Are you sick of the wickedness and evil all around us? It’s hard to live in a place where the wicked seem to prosper and sin goes unpunished. It’s discouraging to live in a world where good is considered evil and evil considered good. That’s the world that a man named Lot was living in in the Old Testament. Lot was a righteous man whom God rescued from a wicked, sinful place. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 2:7-8 (NLT):

But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. 8 Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.

God saved Lot from that place before He destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot refused to participate in the immorality around him and God saved him from the destruction of the cities. Like Lot, we who follow Jesus must live lives of righteousness and holiness. We must love God and hate sin. Judgment will come and wickedness will be punished. Let us live differently, knowing that God will rescue the righteous.


God’s Judgment On The Ungodly

In writing about God’s judgment, Peter says that God is the ultimate judge for all of humanity. He judges the righteous and the unrighteous. He judges the godly and the ungodly. He sees everything and no one will escape His judgment. For some, this is a comforting thought. God will judge those who have perpetrated evil and wickedness. For others, this should be a terrifying thought. God will judge you for everything you’ve ever done. Nothing escapes His sight. He not only judges people, but He judges nations. This is what Peter wrote in 2 Peter 2:6 (NLT):

Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people.

The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were filled with wickedness, immorality and evil. God saw their sin and judged and condemned them for it. We are fooling ourselves if we believe that anyone will get away with sin. God is patient and wants everyone to come to faith in Christ and repentance. He gives chance after chance after chance to make the decision to follow Jesus. Will you accept His second chance today?


Judgment For Angels

God’s judgment is not reserved only for false teachers who lead others into sin with their false teachings. In 2 Peter 2, Peter lists some others who were judged by God. He starts by talking about the angels. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 2:4 (NLT):

For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.

What is Peter talking about? He may be referencing Genesis 6, which seems to imply that angels intermarried with human women in defiance of God. He may be writing about the fallen angels who rebelled against God when Satan attempted to overthrow God. In either case, the point is this: God is the ultimate Judge. His judgment is final. Whether it is for angels or false teachers, God is the Judge. We would do well to remember that we must all stand before God one day. We will be judged for everything we’ve done on earth. The good news for believers in Christ is that we will be found innocent of all charges lobbied against us by the accuser. This is why we must share the Truth of Jesus with everyone we meet. If God didn’t spare even the angels from judgment, He will not spare people, either.


Do Good Even If…

We may wonder if it is worth it. Doing good, that is. When the world around us seems so bad and so full of evil, we wonder if we’re making a difference at all. Then, on top of it all, we are sometimes mistreated for doing good. You’ve heard the phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished”? So why bother doing good at all? Because it is the right thing to do. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:13-14 (NLT):

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

Remember this today, God has the final say. He will judge everyone according to their deeds both good and bad. Don’t give in to the temptation to say that doing good isn’t worth it. God will reward your good deeds. If others mistreat you for doing the right thing, just know that God not only sees what you’ve done, but what they’ve done as well. Let Him have the final say. You just keep on doing good to everyone you meet.


The Eyes Of The Lord

We must always remember that God knows everything. He will judge everyone. Nothing escapes His vision. Nothing is beyond His knowledge. Peter, quoting Psalm 34, says that God sees both the righteous and the evil. This is what he wrote in 1 Peter 3:12 (NLT):
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
against those who do evil.”
Sometimes it may seem as though God is unaware of the evil in our world. Some people believe that God set things in motion and then stepped back to see what would happen. This is not true! God is keenly aware of everything going on in the world and is interacting with it. His eyes are on the righteous. He hears – and answers – their prayers. Peter says that the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Though it may seem as though the wicked prosper, they will ultimately fail. God will have the final say. Do not give up on doing right. Do not lose heart or lose faith. Do the right thing and know that God sees you and hears you. He will not turn His face against you. He’s not out to get you. The timing may not be right for Him to move in the way you’d like. He’s not punishing you or angry with you. He will move when the time is right. He will also judge the wicked in the end.

We Don’t Belong Here

Do you know what I find absolutely amazing and awesome about God? He doesn’t play favorites. We all have good days and bad days. We all experience times of blessing and times of need. He doesn’t play favorites. Pastors sure as heck aren’t His favorites, believe me! No, God doesn’t play favorites. Peter said so in 1 Peter 1:17:

And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.”

God is going to judge everyone according to what they’ve done while here on earth. Knowing that, it should affect how we live as followers of Jesus. We should live in awe of our God. Remember that we don’t belong here. We’re temporary residents of this world who long for a better place. God has promised that eternal better place with Him. Don’t get so caught up in the things of this world that you forget that we’re merely passing through. The things of this world don’t come close to measuring up to the treasures that await us in eternity.

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