I dreamed death came the other night: And Heaven’s gates swung wide.
With kindly grace and Angel ushered me inside
And the to my astonishment, Stood folks I’d known on earth.
Some I’d judged and labeled, Unfit or of little worth
Indignant words rose to my lips, But were never set free.
For every face showed stunned surprise….
No one expected me!!!
I remember a friend once telling me that a man showed up on his car lot and was looking at the most expensive truck that they had on the lot. Most salesman would be thrilled at this. My friend wasn’t impressed as the man wore coveralls that were in disrepair. When the man asked to buy the expensive truck, my friend, simply said let me show you something a little more affordable. The man’s reply was that he was a multimillionaire and that he was not just going to buy one truck but several in cash. He also said that he would go across the street and purchase their trucks because he wouldn’t be judged by appearance.
To be honest, that story would most likely be representative of ourselves. The lesson is that we never know someone that we come in contact with. And as believers we shouldn’t judge others for any reason unless we first look at ourselves.
God’s word reflects Christ saying in Matthew 7:1-5
.“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.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Three quick lessons:
- Remember that God judges us
- When we choose to judge we are saying that we are better than that person
- We are all sinners in need of God’s grace
As believers we are called to speak the truth in love, but a greater command is to love your neighbor as yourself. My belief is that is we spent a little more times loving and showing others the same grace and mercy that we are shown daily then maybe, just maybe, we’d have many other believers in our lives and in our churches.
So today, ask God to search your soul and if you judge others please remember the judgement that Christ went through for us. That should help us to remember to put our own house in order before we try and put someone else’s in order.
Father God, thank you for loving us and thank you for showering your grace and mercy upon us. We didn’t deserve it and we don’t deserve it now, it is only because your son was judged and rejected by the world that we are called your children. God help us, Holy Spirit, convict us when we judge others. Please God remind us of the pain and suffering that you allowed your son to go through. Lord, we praise you and thank you for saving us even in our sin. Your loved us, and now called us redeemed and righteous. Not because of what we’ve done but because of what Christ has done. We love you Lord, and we thank you. Forgive us our sins, and help us to live more like Christ tomorrow than we did today. We love you and thank you.
In Jesus Holy name. Amen.
God bless you and please know that Brenda and I love you, and that God does too.
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