Do you want to be judged as you judge others?

January 30, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?
(Romans 2:3-4 (NIV))

It is so easy to fall into this habit. Everyone is quick to judge, yet we fail to see the very same things in our lives that we rush to judgment when we see it in the lives of others.

What is it for you?

Do you judge others for their harsh tongue? Perhaps it is someone’s lack of self control. It may be someone’s desire to be the center if attention that makes you react. The biggest one appears to be judging someone’s success and making all types of comments about how they achieved it. It is so sad that people have a tendency to be very judging of others when they have the same traits. I suppose that it is human nature to find fault with others in order to make ourselves look good. We use it as justification. We tell ourselves that our sins are not as bad as those of the ones we are judging.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
(Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV))

God’s Word is very clear about what happens if we judge. When we judge, we place ourselves in authority over others. We presume to know all of the details and all of the reasoning behind someone else’s actions. We place ourselves as God. We pass judgment when we are the ones who are guilty. We pass judgment without offering grace or mercy. We pass judgment without stopping to think of the way that we appear in the eyes of God.

God uses the principle throughout the Bible about we will be judged as we judge, or we will be forgiven as we forgive. Think about that for a moment. Would you want God to judge you with the same attitude that you have had at times or would you want Him to judge with with grace and mercy?

What is you final answer?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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How was your day?

November 7, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
(Romans 7:21-25 (NIV))

No one can escape this truth. Even Paul, whose desire was to live as Christ, was not exempt from the sin that we all fight each and every day.

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t fail to live up to what I know that I should be doing. A quick thought, a wrong word, a misguided action, all remind me that I cannot do it on my own. I cannot live the life that Jesus calls me to live, that I want to live, without His guidance, grace and forgiveness.

Unfortunately, society expects members of the Church to be perfect. They are quick to judge those who profess a faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. They hold us up to a higher standard that no one can meet without Jesus, and when we fail, they are quick to condemn, To be honest with you, it is my opinion that we should willingly hold ourselves up to this higher standard with Jesus as the example. If we did that daily, then society may not need to be so critical.

Perhaps we should be more critical of ourselves. We have the truth that if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will be forgiven. Do we take this and forget to see that we still need to be made mature and we will still need correction? Do we have the wrong idea that since we are a loved child of God, we can do no further wrong in the eyes of God?

We are loved children and not spoiled brats who can get away with anything!

We should desire as Paul desired. We should long to do what is right in the eyes of God. We should desire to be rescued from this body of death. We should desire God’s law and hate sin. We should willingly repent each and every day of the things that we know we should not do.

How was your day?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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