“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 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.
The other day I was with a group of people. The group was a mix of Christians and non – Christians. One of the Christians in the group is quite outspoken and opinionated. This person likes to have attention and isn’t too concerned if anyone is offended. Another person in the group quietly takes it all in, as in many other areas of life, but then is quick to make little snide comments about certain situations or people. They are unheard by most and I am sure there are a number of thoughts for every comment that comes out. Neither is better than the other. They are both sinning, one quietly and one outspokenly. And guess what? So am I by judging them instead of looking at myself instead of them.
Christians sin. We are no better than anyone else in the world. But we love and believe in a Lord and Savior who forgives us; who died for us knowing every horrible thing we would do in our lives.
There are some Christians who come across as judgmental and hopefully their intentions are good. If you are a Christian and believe in heaven and hell, the last thing you want is for anyone to live in hell for eternity. So sometimes we try to “help” others come to Christ in a misguided way. We aren’t perfect. We love all people, whether or not they sin, because we know we are sinners. We know we are lost without Christ. We know we are saved and going to Heaven and just want as many people to come with us as possible.
I had about 15 minutes to sit down during the day today. I sat down with my 2 hour late lunch, put on the tv to not think for a couple minutes, and…there is a Special News Report. And it was not one that made me enjoy sitting down. I took it as a sign that I was not yet supposed to have a break in the day.
A leader of a nation should not directly separate the country. Of course we all have different views. He may be the leader, but his opinion does not reflect the entire country. I give credit to the Republican leaders who are standing up for those they represent. The plan on the table is certainly not one in which the whole country agrees. It is not a plan that is healthy for the country as a whole and for a leader to point fingers at one side because they do not agree with him is appalling. Leaders are supposed to bring their people together, not tear them apart. A confident leader would be able to lead by example, be okay with people disagreeing with him and make a plan to join forces instead of putting the blame on everyone but himself. It is interesting, the book I just finished reading spoke of how leaders can rule with words. They can make people afraid of things they should not fear, make them bold when they should be cautious, and make them feel guilty for not following their lead. Words are powerful things…they can build up…they can destroy.
We all have the capability to discern these words I pray they are pondered before they are followed blindly.
Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
1 John 3:18 NLT
I am currently reading “The Power of a Woman’s Words” by Sharon Jaynes. It is quite convicting and eye opening. Sometimes I feel as though my opinion is necessary for others to hear so they can see every angle of a situation, see how someone may be hurt by their actions, or see how they may get hurt from someone else’s actions. All this is true. There are necessary times for these conversations. However, I am a woman, and like many other women I like to know what is going on, have some control, be a protector, etc. I have to learn that I do not need to know the details of every situation, I should never be in control of anything (that is God’s job) and while it is honorable to try to protect, I need to make sure I am not misguided in that approach or trying to take control. What I need to focus on is using my words for good…building people up, encouraging those that drive me crazy, and speaking Biblical truth. In other words I need to love others and speak to them as Jesus would. No small task, but one I would like to improve on daily.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18