Jesus was teaching about the Law when he said,
Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to
do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices
and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
A discussion on judging others started by,
Jesus, you are making it clear, however, that obeying God‘s law is more
important than explaining it. It’s much easier to study God’s laws and tell
others to obey them than to put them into practice. How are each of us doing at
obeying God ourself, should be the question that we are addressing. Not how is
someone else doing.
As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of
the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his
kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them
into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then
the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who
has ears, let him hear.
At the end of the world, angels will separate the evil from the good. There are
true and false believers in churches today, but we should be cautious in our
judgments because only you, Jesus, is qualified to make the final separation.
If we start judging we may damage some of the good “plants.” It’s more
important to judge our own response to God than to analyze others’ responses.
Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake
and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on
the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw
the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will
come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery
furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashings of teeth.
We are to obey God and tell others about his grace and goodness, but we cannot
dictate who is part of the kingdom of heaven and who is not. This sorting will
be done at the last judgment by those infinitely more qualified than we.
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and
then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
Jesus, you have been given the authority to judge all the earth. Although your
judgment is already working in our lives, there is a future, final judgment when
you return and everyone’s life is reviewed and evaluated. This will not be
confined to unbelievers; but you, Jesus, will look at how we handle our gifts,
opportunities, and responsibilities in order to determine our heavenly rewards.
At the time of judgment, God will deliver the righteous and condemn the wicked.
We should not judge others; that is God’s work. I remember when you were
telling us the parable of the Adulterous women, and you said,
If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
Jesus, you are saying that only a sinless person can judge others, you are
highlighting the importance of compassion and forgiveness. To pass judgment is
to act as though we have never sinned. It is God’s role to judge, not ours.
Our role is to show forgiveness and compassion.
We live in an age in which everything is working against the things we hold
dear. Think about it. What force in our society is working to help you remain
faithful to your partner? None that I can think of. The message of our world
is just the opposite. What force in our society is working to help your kids
remain true to principles the Bible sets forth in regard to sexual purity,
honesty, loyalty, and the priority of character development? None! The message
our kids are bombarded with is, “Acquire all you can and do whatever feels
good.” We don’t live in a neutral world that beckons us to choose between right
and wrong. The world we face everyday is one which right has become wrong….
… In this evil day we need constant reminders of the truth. If we are not
careful with our time, we will allow others to fill it up for us. There will be
no time for God…. Wise men and women are careful with their time. They use
their extra time to draw close to God….
If being with a particular group of people causes you to stumble, don’t
rationalize by saying, “But they are my friends.” Get some new friends!
In every area of life, face up to what God would have you do. As long as you
play games, as long as you ignore what you know in your heart God would have you
do, you set yourself up to fail.
God wants control over every area of your life. Not partial control, total
control. He wants you to be victorious for His purposes, not yours. You may
not have achieved victory over temptation because you are holding on to the
reins of your life and trying to get God to intervene in the rough spots. That
isn’t the way God works. He wants all of you. And when He knows you are His,
He will do whatever He needs to make you into an effective servant for His
(From Winning the War Within by Charles Stanley)
Which “allies” tempt you to compromise? Which “allies” help you know the Bible?
Pray? Add a spiritual ally this week.
- Judgement (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- Good, Goodness (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- Christianity. (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- Giving (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- Kingdom (georgehach.wordpress.com)