Marianne’s Notes: Be careful of judging…

The more insane the world gets the more true, steady, and solid God is.  I can’t help but see God’s utter divine providence in every new cast.  However, if I am spending more time reading or watching or listening to the world and it’s commentary of our times then I’ve grossly missed the point…I am a CHRIST follower; not a political follower or a particular minister’s follower…a CHRIST follower.  I need to saturate myself in what God’s word says about my sin, my heart, my pride, and ask Him to align my wayward heart to His so that I can stand for the things He stands for.  Alone.  God has cranked the turn key of my wick and that fire is growing ever brighter towards obedience, allegiance, and faith than ever before.  James 4:11-12, “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?”

Christian, yes, you in the mirror, don’t slander other believers!  What is the point of that?  For what gain?  Typically, a personal one…a self-righteous one.  I want to judge another believer for their failure or sin so that mine isn’t so apparent.  As long as we are judging others the finger isn’t pointing at us.  When we place ourselves in position of judge we are elevating ourselves to God’s place.  He created the law; He created the judgments against it and He alone will execute a ruling.  We do NOT know the heart nor the place that each brother or sister is in their sanctification.  What we CAN hold one another accountable to is coming alongside one another and spurring them (us) on towards Christ.  Instead of judgment we should become a coach, a cheerleader, mentor, or teacher to help each other have the deepest, closest, most holy relationship with God that we can have this side of heaven.  When we confront other believers our goal should be that of a desire to bring one another closer to Jesus not diminish or devalue each other.  This truth is SO applicable right now…let’s come together to grow, to increase our desire for more of Jesus…deeper, fuller, and richer than we have ever experienced before! 

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