Thought of the Day !!
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on
Think about people that you might have disputes, disagreements,
or differences of opinion with. It is very easy to judge them based on
your own perceptions. Is it possible that you are judging people based on
any perception that you may have of them?
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against
his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge
the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only
one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who
are you to judge your neighbor?
In judging others we take on the power of God. We claim
that we are right and they can't possible be if they disagree with us.
Ask yourself, "Am I really qualified to judge somebody else?"
"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.
How many of us have no planks in our eyes? In other words,
how many of us are without sin? We should be working on our own selves
and leaving the judging up to God. We can always pray for people and try
to persuade them in love to be the people that God wants them to be. We
can lovingly point out that there might be some sin in another person's life
that is harmful to them. But we should always do so in a manner that
shows that we're not perfect either. The key is to care about people and
look up to them in humility, not down on them in judgment.
Thought of the Day !!
If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up
his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but
whoever would lose his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.
Just how serious do we take this passage? In light of what
our culture teaches us, which is to deny ourselves nothing and strive for
everything, this can seem pretty incredulous. The only time we are taught
to deny ourselves is when we are being denied certain foods so that we can gain
a better looking body, which according to the world today means skinnier.
Some Christians are denying something in their lives over the
season of Lent. They are basically fasting for this season, giving up
something that was important to them for Christ. I remember one year
giving up caffeine. When Easter morning came I gorged myself on coffee
and then later soft drinks. I was on a caffeine high all day. Is
this truly denying ourselves for Christ?
So what does it mean to deny myself and take up my cross and
follow Jesus? The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that for
me it is taking a stand against what the world teaches me is important in lieu
of what Jesus teaches me. It means that my success is not all about
numbers or what the world sees as success. It's about what makes my
Father in Heaven proud of me. I can be a huge success in this world, but
if I have to do so by living by the world's standards, then I lose any rewards
I could have stored up in Heaven.
In this life we can lean on Jesus in the difficult times of our
lives. But we need to learn what it means to lose ourselves for Him in
the other times as well. For our success is predicated only upon how much
we are willing to lose our lives for Him and the Gospel.
Thought of the Day !!
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat
became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
This all happens right before Jesus is betrayed and turned over
to the Jewish leaders and then to Pilate. It takes place in the Garden of
Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives.
As Jesus prayed, he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat
fell to the ground like great drops of blood. What was Jesus agonizing
over so much? Was it his impending torture and death? Was it that
his closest friends still didn’t understand? Was it how the religious
elite had become so corrupted and misused their services to his Father in
Heaven? Was it the lostness of world?
Maybe he was agonizing over all of this. And the agony of
it all led to him pray his heart out. I can just imagine him pouring his
heart out to the Father.
How many of us have prayed till we sweated drops like blood?
How often are our prayers so intent that we get lost in ourselves and
absorbed in the presence of God? It’s then that we really connect and
often times are strengthened, given understanding or given peace.
Thought of the Day !!
But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin,
you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger
is coming, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge
everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to
those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality
that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who
live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives
Those who know me know that I'm not a "Hell, fire and
brimstone" kind of preacher. I would much rather instruct the
faithful or speak the love of Christ to an unbeliever. But we must take
seriously the eternal effects of our lives. So today these verses came to
me (in a round about way), and I feel compelled to speak on them.
There will be a Day of Judgment. Christians differ on the
specifics of this. When will it happen? How many judgments will there be?
etc. But the one thing we can all agree on is that everyone will
come before God and be judged.
Even though I don't have all the answers, I feel confident about
this. One day everyone will come before the Lord. It might be when
they die or when Jesus, Himself comes back to Earth. At some point Jesus
will judge between the righteous and unrighteous. In the parable of the
sheep and the goats in Matthew 25:14-30 he tells us that we will be divided
into those who go to Heaven and those who will go to Hell. This is a
straight forward "yes or no", "enter or do not enter"
The bible teaches that there will be another kind of judgment.
This may happen at the same time or at a different time. For those
who've spurned God and lived this life for themselves the bible makes clear
that they will be judged by their selfish deeds. "The sea gave up
its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged
according to their deeds." (Rev. 20:13 NLT) These, John writes, will
be thrown into the "lake of fire."
But those who love Jesus, who place their trust in Him instead
of themselves, who are willing to turn to Him and His ways, will be judged as
well. But this judgment is not about picking out all the wrongs we've
done. Jesus teaches forgiveness. David wrote about our sins being
cast away as far as the east is from the west in Psalm 103. So what is
this judgment about? Jesus shares in Matthew (on his Sermon on the Mount)
that we are to store up for ourselves treasures in Heaven. This judgement
is not to punish, but to reward.
There is one central truth that all will come to understand at
some point in this life or after it. This truth is that there are two
destinations. One is eternal death and judgment of sins. The other
is eternal life where we are rewarded for the ways in which we follow Jesus.
If you have not placed your trust in Jesus, loving Him more than life
itself, then look to Him and ask for what He desires so badly to give you.
If you have accepted Him into your life, let these verses remind you of
the significance of our sharing His love with others.
Thought of the Day !!
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind
beggar was sitting beside the road.
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and
ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him,
"What do you want me to do for you?"
"Lord," he said, "I want
And Jesus said, "All right,
receive your sight! Your faith has healed you." Instantly the man could
see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.
If Jesus were to ask you what you want, would you ask for
sight? Maybe not, seeing as how you may not be physically blind.
But think about just how important sight is. We need a vision for our
lives, a vision for our churches, a vision for service, a vision for ministry.
Lots of people are walking around today and are spiritually
blind. They don't know Christ, or if they do, they don't know what His
desires for them are. Let us seek God's counsel through the Holy Spirit
as we pray for sight.