I believe that our first responsibility is ALWAYS TO LOVE.
I am often emotionally “stirred” when I see so many focused on judgement for judgement’s sake.
I know that I have a big plank in my own eye, and I’m in a constant process of allowing the Lord to whittle it down.
I recently read this below from a writer named John Hagenbuch…
“But what does it mean to judge with righteous judgment? Jesus revealed this earlier in John 5:30: Jesus spoke, saying, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
If we seek and follow the true will of God, which can only be found in His word, then when it comes time for us to help people discern between right and wrong, then we will not judge with our opinions or what we think is right, but just like the mind that Christ had, (1 Cor 2) we will only seek to do the will of the Father. Following the limitations for judgment that are taught throughout the scriptures, all we are to do in order to judge righteous judgment is to hear God’s word, and judge using His standard.
Jesus didn’t shy away from calling sin sin…but His message was love & redemption, not condemnation.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17
Speaking truth in love is not about judgement…it’s about redemption.
It should always come wrapped up in a pure motivation that can only come through Christ.
Jesus was all about LOVE, but He IS TRUTH….and the world says we can make our own truth.
We all know what that means…all truth is then lost. There is either one truth, or no truth.
Just praying through Oswalds post for the day.
…I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. —Jeremiah 1:8
“If we look for justice (for ourselves), we will only begin to complain and to indulge ourselves in the discontent of self-pity, as if to say, “Why should I be treated like this?” ( Oswald is speaking of that nasty word, PRIDE) If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with what we encounter, whether it is just or unjust. In essence, Jesus says, “Continue steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.”
Praying that God would keep our eyes fixed on Him…that we would seek to do only His will…loving others however He calls us to do it.
God will make ALL THINGS RIGHT.
What do you think?