Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly. – John 7:24
Jesus was speaking to the people who were calling Him demon possessed because He said He was from the Father. Jesus understood people’s motives and yet still cared for them. He understood their need for a savior and that they were so lost. Yet He does not hesitate to rebuke and educate them.
“Don’t judge me,” this is probably one of the most common phrases in our English language today. Of course no one wants to be judged, for that demands a consequence for our actions. We want to live however we want to live, so that we can be “happy.”
However, Jesus calls for us to judge, but to judge correctly, not by just mere appearances. We are supposed to judge and we all make judgments each and every day. We tell our children to make judgments. (don’t hang out with trouble makers) Of course God wants us to judge.
Now do not confuse judgement with condemnation or being judgmental. Condemnation is set aside for God alone and He has pronounced that consequence in the Law given to Moses. And being judgmental means that we have forgotten that as a Christian we once too were lost and are sinners still today.
No, as Christians, we must judge by the measure we want to be judged by, grace. This means that while we may tell others they are in sin, we have to love them and provide the way out through the Gospel. Thereby pointing their sinful nature at hell and their redeemed status toward heaven. In our judgment we do not condemn, no we provide faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Be gentle in our judgments of others and use grace as your measuring tool, a grace which surpasses any sin and brings those sinners to glory.
God Bless and Be Well,
From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. – John 6:66
Jesus had just finished talking about the flesh and the blood and how the people would have to partake in them to be in the kingdom. This message was just too much for them and they gave up. They turned from Christ because they did not understand what the message meant.
So aside from the obvious parallel of people falling away and the scripture being 666 (lol), this is an important set of scriptures. People had not counted the cost of following Christ and when the road got tough, they turned back. When they found a teaching they just could not support they turn away.
How is it with us in the Church, do we do the same today. Many are turning away from God because His message is too harsh. People aren’t allowed to have sex before marriage, people have to be faithful in marriage, we aren’t allowed to lie, cheat or steal. Furthermore, we are to stand against things that have become social acceptable such as abortion, homosexuality and transgenderism. For many, the message of God has become too hard and they have fallen from the faith.
It is more than that too, people don’t have time anymore either. You want me to show up more than just Sunday for an hour, that’s just asking too much of the Church pastor. Our country needs a wake-up call. More and more turn from the faith just because they don’t like the teachings anymore; it is too hard to stand in the face of such adversity. And then we wonder why the Church has no credibility, well it is probably because it is filled with too many complainers and too many will to fold with the gentlest breeze of adversity comes their way.
It is time to stand Church; to stand together in the face of such opposition and tell the truth of Scripture. It is not outdated and it is not obsolete, NO it is just as applicable today as it was 2000 years ago. Stand for what is right, stand for what is good and stand for Jesus, for He is the bread of life.
God Bless You All,
Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. – John 5:24
Jesus is talking, in this passage, about His mission and about the One who sent Him. He confirms two pieces of the trinity. He also reveals something of great importance, for those who are found in Christ, there is no judgement at the end.
Most days I provoke a challenge to the hearts of people, but today I want to encourage you and all the more as the day approaches. If you are in Christ, you are a new creation, you are no longer bound to judgement and have nothing against you; not a single charge.
We who are in Christ get to pass by judgement and into eternity because Jesus has already paid the price for my sins and therefore, I am no longer held accountable for them. This is such a great encouragement and takes the weight off from my shoulders. I love knowing that my salvation is secure and that my God has redeemed me.
If you are not in Christ Jesus today, find Him! Open your Bible or respond to this blog I would love to teach you about His grace, which allows you to pass judgement’s door. Go to your local Church, talk to a pastor; whatever it takes. It is THE decision you need to make TODAY. Because there are no second chances in death, there is only now and today, won’t you come to know Him today?
If you are in Christ, find someone who isn’t and share that awesome Gospel.
Praise the Lord,
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then coves the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. – John 4:35
This is one of the pinnacles of Chapter 4 in the book of John. He just got done talking with the Samaritan woman. That conversation was awesome to see how Jesus would bring anyone to the kingdom and not just the “Chosen” people of Israel.
Jesus came to turn this world up-side-down, and He did. Here we see him fly in the face of all kinds of social norms. First, He is speaking to a woman alone and not just a woman but a Samaritan woman. These cultures were at odds with one another. The Jews viewed themselves as above these people and so He would not dare be caught talking to her. Yet Jesus throws out what men think and uses the opportunity to glorify the Gospel.
He also pulls no punches with this woman, telling her where she falls short, talking about her 5 husbands. You see Jesus wasn’t looking at what she was, a Samaritan, He was looking to who she was, a sinner in need of saving. Do we see past what a person does or is to see the creation inside that God loves?
When Jesus states the fields are ready for harvest, He was telling his disciples that the Gospel can go anywhere and to anyone who will listen. This message is not just for the Jew but also for the Gentile. Today, I must look past what I see to who the person truly is. I must recognize that all are worthy of the love of God and of His saving grace.
God Bless and Peace be with You,