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Graceful Perseverance: Righteous vs. Unrighteous Judgment

Posted June 4th, 2014 @ 01:06pm

Welcome back everyone! This week's topic is "judgment." I will share with you my interpretation, definition and difference between "righteous judgment" (God's judgment) and "unrighteous judgment" (a human sinful behavior), something we are all guilty of in this lifetime. But it goes without saying, we must change how we treat our fellow neighbor because judgment does not come from love. judge gavel with holy bibleMy beliefs are supported and validated through the Word, the Holy Bible (NIV) that clearly and undoubtedly shows us that the judgment we practice in our lives does not favor God's instruction to live a God-centric life.

Romans 2:1 [God’s Righteous Judgment] You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

This cruel world will tear us apart if we allow it. When the beauty girl cryvision of our life is influenced by the "judgment" of others, we are simply allowing the external world to pass judgment on only 10% of what they see from the outside, therefore discounting the fact that we were all made in the image of Christ: the part of us (our souls) which is not visually apparent from the outside world. Therefore, the vision of our lives is as far from the east as it is from the west. It is as far as from the north as it is from the south. Those who place judgment on others do the same things, so you are no better than the ones you judge.

If we continue this act of "unrighteous judgment," we are storing up wrath for the season when we find ourselves standing before God, and we will receive His righteous judgment one day.Judgment Day

Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

Jeremiah 10:15 They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.

I don't know about you, but I do not want to perish. I would choose an everlasting life with my Heavenly Father for eternity. I do not want to be convicted of this guilty sin of "judgment" at the end of my life when I stand before the true judge, God, and the life I chose is revealed before Him when I sit on His judgment seat.

Judgment is a "guilty stain" each and every one one of us has an inherited sinful nature. We can deny that we are guilty of it, we can run from confessing this sin, and we can turn the other cheek to this guilty stain, this sinful behavior. But scripture clearly tells us in Luke 6:41, 42 "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? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye." You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you wll see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Most of us were taught at a very young age to look at others and judge their lives when actually, we are then opening our own life up for judgment as well. It is not our sword to swing, according to Ezekiel 11:10. It was never our sword to swing.

Ezekiel 11:10 You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

So why then do we judge? We judge because we were born from sin (Adam and Eve sinned for the first time in the Garden of Eden). We have inherited their sinful ways. We judge others, because we believe that if that other person is not living their life as we are living our own life, then they are falling short of the right life. This is a great myth.

The homeless man standing on the street corner has received judgment from all of us as he holds up his cardboard sign that says "homeless veteran" or "will work for food." depressed manThe man who has lost his way, who is in the wilderness, in bondage, receives condemnation for his outward struggles with his job, his finances, the loss of his family and home. None of us see his inward struggles, but yet we still judge him. We don't know what truly breaks these people and what they have endured in tMan with problemsheir lives that  brought them to their struggles. The young man addicted to meth, the husband addicted to porn, the adult woman struggling to recover from a severe case of child abuse and near death experiences brought on by her mentally-ill mother, the young woman who survived multiple suicide attempts, sad lonely girl portraita teenage pregnancy, the prostitute working the Vegas strip, those who are on Monk's Room in Abbeydeath row, the bully in junior high, the alcoholic father who abandoned his family, the adult man with no self-confidence because he grew up in a broken home without his father as his role model, the adult woman one sad woman sitting on the floor near a wallstruggling to recover from her father sexually molesting her as a little girl and throughout her adolescent years, until she finally escaped by running away from home to find herself living on the streets before her high school graduation. The examples of the lost and broken go on and on. Not one of us has the authority or is given the right to judge these people by their outward appearance.

What if you personally and deeply knew the souls of these struggling people? Would your judgment still stand firm? What if, rather than placing judgment on them for where they are in their journey (their walk with Christ), you would extend your hand, expand your prayer for them, Giving Offering Blessing Backgroundand have a compassionate heart for each of them? We've all been designed and called to be a "brother's keeper" and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Humble yourself and reverse the roles for a minute with these struggling souls. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself what you would need from others to help pull yourself out of the pit you are in. Now the scenario looks different, doesn't it? The only way for any of us to free ourselves from "unrighteous judgment" is to reverse the roles and your heart will come from love and not contempt.

Romans 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.

We are all children of God. He loves all of us "unconditionally" and "equally." 1 John 4:17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. Lord, let them see You in me. Let them hear You when I speak!

Let go of your judgment and condemnation of those who are Scripture Passage Romans 8lost in the wilderness. But rather, lift them up in prayer, extend your compassion and love to them. If you have two shirts, give them one. If you have more than enough food, share with them. It is irrelevant if someone appears to be small or great in this external world, no one's soul can be measured by external forces.

We are to come from love and not ridicule for the lost and the broken. Share the blessings God has given you with them and watch God do His work in their lives. This is not complicated. This is not too difficult to see...share with them what's already been given to you. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, we're all in this together - Amen!

2 Corinthians 8:10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.

Spiritual Words Displays Prayer Love Soul and SpiritWe are not coming from love when we speak from contempt and intolerance of the struggling. God is bigger and more powerful than any of us. Our God is ever so faithful. He's got this. Just when it appears that there is no hope for these people and it's just a matter of time before their ship sinks, God can lift them up and turn their ships around. But your role is to lift them up in prayer and not push them away. God leads the way through darkness and brings all of us to the light of what we need.

I hope you digest and breathe in my candid and thought provoking words, but more importantly, Lord let them feel Your spirit! This is God's Word, His direction for our lives, I am just the vessel.

Here's some additional scripture to support today's subject on judgment.

James 4:11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister 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.

1 Corinthians 6:1 [Lawsuits Among Believers] If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord's people?

Romans 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.

1 Corinthians 5:3 For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this.

Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

Deuteronomy 1:17 Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.”

Always Pray for OthersDebra M. Pauli

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