BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
J. Stephen Lang
-- Is there anything more pleasant than discussing someone
else's faults? This shouldn't be so, especially for Christians,
but it seems to be widely regarded as an acceptable form of entertainment.
Is it any surprise that most TV sitcoms are built around people
tearing each other down, either behind their backs or right to their
face? It's terribly funny on TV -- not at all funny in real life,
especially if you are the person being degraded.
The Bible has a lot to say about being judgmental. Jesus and
the apostles understood clearly the human tendency to put down
others. Among Christians, this even takes the form of questioning
another's spiritual condition.
The LORD doesn't make decisions the way you do! People judge
by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person's thoughts
1 Samuel 16:7
"Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. For others
will treat you as you treat them. Whatever measure you use in
judging others, it will be used to measure how you are judged.
And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have
a log in your own? How can you think of saying, `Friend, let me
help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see
past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the
log from your own eye, then perhaps you will see well enough to
deal with the speck in your friend's eye."
We have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about
them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though
he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him
now! What this means is that those who become Christians become
new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is
gone. A new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:16
Don't grumble about each other, my brothers and sisters, or God
will judge you. For look! The great Judge is coming. He is standing
at the door!
Don't speak evil against each other, my dear brothers and sisters.
If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are
criticizing and condemning God's law. But you are not a judge
who can decide whether the law is right or wrong. Your job is
to obey it. God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among
us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right
do you have to condemn your neighbor?
Whenever you speak, or whatever you do, remember that you will
be judged by the law of love, the law that set you free. For there
will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others.
But if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward you will
win out over his judgment against you.
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.
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