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Bars of Judgment
God's Word teaches us that we are not to pass judgment on others and that, if we do, we will be judged in the same measure sooner or later.

I heard a heartbreaking story, not too long ago, from someone I know.  It was about this person's loved one who was asked to leave a church service because he had not worn the "right" clothes.  He had worn the best of what he had, but it didn't matter.  Already skeptical of "church people", this person had finally decided to put his heart on the line and give church a try.  Yet, he was asked to leave by people in the church, based solely on his appearance and what he was wearing.  He had been tried and convicted without anyone even asking his name.  What a tragedy!  Instead of a broken heart getting healed that day, a heart was further broken.  This story is too horrible to be true, right?  Wrong!  This is a true story that should raise many questions for the Body of Christ.

 

What would be your reaction if the smelliest, dirtiest person that you had ever seen came walking into your church and sat in the seat next to you?  In answering this question to yourself, I challenge you to be honest with yourself.   If we are honest, the very least most of us would do is to get up and move as far away as possible.  Some of us would be bold enough to show him the door.  Few of us would take time to see him as a human being with a soul that is as precious to God as our own. 

 

I ask you, as Jesus asked the Pharisees, who needs a doctor more than the sick?  Who needs God more than the person whose life is full of sin?  We should be praying that gangs show up in our churches instead of wanting to keep them out.  We should be praying that the neighborhood "bums" stumble their way through our church doors.  Better yet, we should go OUT of our doors to GET them.  Rather than running them AWAY from us, we need to show enough love that we attract people TO God.  The absolute last thing that the world needs is for the Body of Christ to place bars of judgment at the entrance way to God's Kingdom.  God gets no glory from that at all!

 

God's Word teaches us that we are not to pass judgment on others and that, if we do, we will be judged in the same measure sooner or later.  The problem is that we don't see the full picture as God does.  We make assessments based on the information available to us, which may not always be reliable or complete.  For this reason, it's best not to judge at all.  The next time you are tempted to judge someone, even on something as superficial as appearance, think about this:  when you judge someone else, you set into motion circumstances that will make sure that you end up being judged by someone else, but usually worse.  Without Christ's intervention, it will hit you as sure as a freight train running downhill, with no breaks, would hit you if you were tied to the train tracks. 

 

Let us pray for God's help to break the chains of bondage to judgment in our lives today!

 

Be Blessed!!

 

Min. Eric V. Moss

 
 The Fathers House
5701/03 S. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23231

 

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Scriptures for the day:  Matthew 7:1-6 and
 
 
 7     "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 "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? 4 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? 5 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.
 
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Mt 7:1-5
 
 
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'aFor I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
 
a  Hosea 6:6
 
 The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Mt 9:10-13
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