Sunday, March 31, 2013

     As christians we are called to speak out against sin, to call a sin, a sin, to call evil, evil. We should not sugar coat it, or hide it. We should not say it is OK, but we all need to remember that we have all sinned and fall short of God's glory. I pray to God everyday that I never talk about someone's sin in a judgmental way. When someone has crossed the line and sinned we should not look at them with a judmental spirit, there should be no finger ponting going on. We should look at it and handle it with gentleness and love.
     Let's look at James 4:11, it says, “Do not say evil against one another, my brothers. He who says evil against his brother or makes himself his brother’s judge, says evil against the law and is judging the law." We are part of the same family, we are brothers, relatives, we have the same Father. Our Father who art in Heaven. We have the same Savior, Jesus Christ, "our Lord". We have the same Holy Spirit living inside of us. We have been saved by the same blood, the blood of Christ. It is the Devil's job to speak against God and his family. When we look at someone, or speak of someone in a judgmental way, we are doing the Devil's work. It is unchristian to judge others, that is not what we are supposed to be doing.

     Do you remeber what Jesus says the greatest commandment is? It is found in Mathew 22: 37-39.
It says, ’YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ "This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ’YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ When we judge someone we are breaking God's commandment. James tells us that when we speak evil of one another we are breaking God’s law and disobeying His commandment. By speaking evil against them - we are not loving our brothers and sisters in Christ. We have become their judge – not their friend. To judge one another is unloving and unchristian.

     God is merciful. He gives forgiveness where there should be condemnation. Shouldn’t we act the same way? Do you know the story that Jesus told in Mathew 18? It goes a little like this. A man owed $50,000 to his boss. His boss was kind enough to forgive him of the debt. The man then went out and found a guy who owed him $5. He strangled the guy because he wouldn’t pay up. When the boss heard the news – He went to man who had owed him $50,000 and said, “Who do you think you are? I forgave you a huge amount. This other fellow only owed you a little bit – yet you would not forgive him. What’s up with that? Is that how you play the game? Don’t give out what you so richly have received? Remember you will be forgiven in the same manner you forgive.”  God has shown us mercy. God has shown us love. God has shown us forgiveness. How should we treat those around us? How should we behave?

   Remember what 1 Corintians 13 says, If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ( 1 Corinthians 13:1-7)

     I will leave you with this, Mathew 7:1-5. “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. 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, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.


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