Posts Tagged ‘Judgment


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.


Do Not Murder

The ten commandments that were given to Moses by God were for the protection of the community of faith. There were four commandments that dealt with the relationship between God and His people. The next six commandments dealt with the human relationships within the community of faith. The sixth commandment simply says:

You shall not murder. – Exodus 20:13 (NIV)

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to murder. Harboring anger in your heart toward someone is akin to murder. If you’re angry enough to curse them, you’re in danger of judgment. People were made in the image of God and as bearers of His image, they have incalculable worth. God wants us to love our neighbor, not murder them – literally or in our thoughts. Let us deal with our anger before it leads to something worse.

Reserved For Fire

Peter wrote about those who would scoff and mock the Lord and His second coming. He said that they would mistake the Lord’s tarrying as proof that He isn’t coming. He then writes:

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. – 2 Peter 3:5-7 (NIV)

When Jesus returns, the universe and all that is in it will be cleansed with fire. Everything tainted and marred by sin will be purified by fire. The most sobering words in this passage are found in verse 7. There is a day of judgment and destruction coming for the ungodly. We who know Jesus must be diligent in sounding the alarm that judgment is coming. Destruction is the destiny for all those apart from Christ. If we love our neighbors, we’ll let them know. Not in a condemning sort of way, but with love and concern.

God Does Not Spare The Wicked

Good Thursday morning to you! In 2 Peter 2:4-8, Peter lists several examples of the wicked whom the Lord did not spare because of their wickedness. He cites the following examples:
– Fallen angels who sinned against Him when the devil rebelled
– The ancient world in Noah’s day when the flood came
– The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
– The lawless around Abraham’s nephew, Lot
Peter talks about how God rescued Noah and Lot, but He did not spare the wicked. Peter then wrote:

if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. ​ – 2 Peter 2:9-10a (NIV)​

​God rescued Noah and Lot and brought judgment on the wicked.​ Peter says that God will rescue those who follow Jesus and punish those who reject Him. No one likes to think about judgment, but the Bible is clear that the day of judgment is coming. God is the Judge of everyone. It is NOT our job to condemn anyone. It IS our job to love everyone so that they will come to know the Savior, Jesus Christ. Let God be God and let us be His ambassadors of love.

Those Who Do Evil

Peter quotes Psalm 34:12-16 in chapter 3 of his first letter. He quotes David as he writes:

“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:10-12 (NIV)

Peter has been writing about responding to evil and insults with a blessing. Again, this is a difficult proposition, but we’ve got to remember that there is more than this life for which we are living. Yes, the temptation for revenge is great when we are wronged. But instead of taking matters into our own hands and repaying evil with evil, let’s let God fight our battles and let Him judge those who do evil. Our job is to keep our eyes on Jesus.

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