Posts Tagged ‘Judgment


Those Who Teach

Good Friday morning to you! James gives a warning to those who teach the Word of God. They are held to a higher standard. He writes:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. – James 3:1 (NIV)

The teaching and preaching of God’s Word is so very important to the life of the church and followers of Jesus Christ. Those who handle it must do so with great care. Not only are we to be concerned with the Word itself, but those who hear it and who sit under our teaching. Hebrews says that the Word of God is sharper than a sword. Many have had their faith cut to pieces because the Word was handled incorrectly and wielded recklessly. May God have mercy on those of us who teach. May God give wisdom and discernment to those who sit under our teaching. May we all honor God and obey His Word faithfully until Christ returns.

Mercy And Judgment

Since we’re all sinners and lawbreakers, according to James 2:10-11, how should we view one another? Through eyes of mercy. If we are all going to be judged by God, how should we treat each other? Let us treat each other mercifully. This is what James says:

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:12-13 (NIV)

We are not going to help each other get better by  pointing fingers and condemning one another. We’re all working on our own stuff. God is merciful and He will show mercy to those who act mercifully. He will not show mercy to anyone who does not act mercifully. If we want mercy, we’ve got to show mercy. Author Dave Willis says, “Don’t treat people the way they treat you. Treat them the way God treats you.” God treats you with grace and mercy. Go and do likewise.


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.

Away From Me!

Good Monday morning to you! You would think that those who call Jesus, “Lord, Lord” and who do supernatural wonders in His name would be shoo-ins for Heaven.

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ – Matthew 7:22-23 (NIV)

But in Matthew 7:21, Jesus said plainly that only the one who does the will of God will enter into Heaven. False prophets and teachers will claim that Jesus is Lord and claim to do wonders in His name, but in reality, they’re only in it for themselves. Remember, by their fruit you will know them. Judge a preacher, teacher or pastor by the fruit produced by their lives, not by their sermons, books or studies. After all, that’s what Jesus is going to do.

Judge Not

Good Friday morning to you! I remember hearing Matthew 7:1 quoted on The Simpsons once. Lisa Simpson said, “Doesn’t the Bible say, ‘Judge not lest ye be judged?'” It does! Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV) says:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Does this mean that we’re not allowed to form opinions or to warn people whose behavior isn’t Scriptural? I don’t think that is what Jesus intends. The original language suggests that we shouldn’t be habitually self-righteous. We will all be judged by God. How do you want to be judged? With the same self-righteous standards you have held others to or with mercy and grace? So be careful today how you look at others. Show people the same grace you want God to show you.

Do You Lack Judgment?

In Proverbs 7, Solomon warns about the adulteress.  He uses the story of a “youth who lacked judgment.”  I think back to my younger days and the lack of judgment I showed on many different occasions.  I think about my current days and though I show better judgment now, I still have times where I lack discernment.  This is why it is important that we follow verses 1-3:

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3, NIV)

To take God’s Word and write it on the tablets of our hearts (and no, Solomon didn’t mean an iPad!).  He was referring to a stone tablet.  We need to etch God’s Word on our hearts.  1 John 1:1 calls Jesus the “Word of life.”  May He be etched on our hearts today.  This way we will know His teachings.  We will follow His commands.  We will obey Him and our hearts will beat in tune with His.  Let us show discernment and good judgment as we etch God’s Word on our hearts today.

PRAYER: Father God, etch Your Word on my heart today. May I know Your Word. Help me to obey it. I want wisdom, knowledge, discernment and understanding. Thank You for Your Son and Your Word, amen.


The Fields Are Ripe For A Harvest

John 4:31-38 (NIV)

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

The fields are still ripe for a harvest. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and over 300 million people in this country. Many of these people have yet to hear the good news about Jesus and His love. Many of these people have no clue about the God who sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. Many of these people have no idea that they’ll spend eternity separated from God in Hell. How can this be? How can we sit idly by and let this happen? How can we pretend that it’s no big deal? It is a big deal! We need to take this so seriously!
Jesus has done the hard work. He has done everything it takes to save us. We cannot add anything to the good news of the Gospel. We must simply proclaim it to the world. Jesus suffered and died for our sins. God the Father raised Him from the dead on the third day, just as Jesus said He would. Jesus ascended into Heaven and will one day return to bring an end to history. He will judge the living and the dead. He will bring His own into His Kingdom and those He does not know will be sent away to eternal punishment.
This is not a game. This is not a joke. Billions of people are destined for destruction. As followers of Jesus, we must show them in word and deed that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We must get out into the harvest fields and love people into the family of God. So let’s get out of our pews and into the fields for they are ripe for harvest.
PRAYER: Father God, give Your people a heart for those who are lost. We know that Your heart beats for those who are far from You. May we get out of our buildings and into the fields to reap a great harvest for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ saving name, amen.

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