Posts Tagged ‘Judgment


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.

We Have Hope

Followers of Jesus are living for more than this life. We have a hope beyond the seventy or eighty years we get on this planet. We are living for the billions of years we will live in Heaven with Christ. Proverbs says that we should neither be afraid of those who seek to do us harm nor should we be jealous of those on whom God’s judgment will fall. Proverbs 24 says:

Do not fret because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,

20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out. – Proverbs 24:19-20 (NIV)

There’s no reason to be afraid because we’ve got nothing to lose. No matter what persecution may come, our hope is in Heaven. No matter how the wicked may prosper in this life, they have no hope of eternity. Don’t worry about the temporary pain or difficult circumstances of this life. Instead, keep your eyes on Heaven. Heaven awaits and the One who waits for us there keeps His promises.

God Has The Final Say

God has revealed right and wrong in His Word. Whether it is the 10 Commandments or in the teachings of His Son, Jesus, or in the letters of Paul, God has set standards for life. People, for the most part, have a sense of right and wrong. There are things that we just know are right and wrong. So when someone does something wicked and despicable, it makes our blood boil with righteous anger. We want justice for the oppressed and the wronged. Do not worry because God will take care of it in the end. Solomon wrote:

Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
    but those who are righteous will go free. – Proverbs 11:21 (NIV)

God will have the final say when it comes to those who perpetrate evil and wickedness. The wicked will be judged and punished for their sins and their crimes. In the meantime, let us pray that those who have done evil and wicked things may be convicted by God’s Spirit and brought to repentance before it is too late. Let us pray for their victims that they may know God’s peace.

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