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Be careful, don’t judge legalistically!

Scripture reading for June 10th: Proverbs 14-15, Romans 14

Romans 14:1-4 “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”

In the culture of the church in Rome there were those who were weaker in their faith because of being immature and untaught in God’s Word. They still held some cultural beliefs or held to portions of the law although they had repented and come to salvation through believing on Jesus. Those who were more mature were passing judgment on these and looking down on them because they refused to eat meat that may have come from idols. Some became ‘vegetarians’ and both sides were critical of the other. Paul told them emphatically not to pass judgment by asking them a question. “Who are you to pass judgment?” He also added another truth: each person would stand before Christ and give an account!

Romans 14:10-12 “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for setting Your people free from dietary laws and condemnation. Forgive me when I have been haughty and critical of others whose faith may not have been developed yet. You alone are the Judge. Thank You for ‘life-giving’ reproof from Your Word to instruct me in the fear and respect for Your Word and Your people whom You have redeemed.

Proverbs 15:31-33 “The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom and humility comes before honor.”

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How much love do you have?

Scripture reading for March 11th: Luke 7

Key Scriptures: Luke 7:44-48 “Then turning toward the woman He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven–for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. And He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.””

Jesus was always teaching those He loved and came to save. The setting was the home of a Pharisee that had invited Him to dinner. At the meal, a woman came and anointed His feet with expensive ointment and washed them with her tears, wiping them off with her locks of hair. Simon, the Pharisee, was wondering if Jesus understood what kind of a person this woman was. He had judged her a “sinner”. Jesus addressed his thoughts with a parable of two debtors asking mercy from the lender and asking Simon which debtor would love the lender more? The bottom line was correctly reached by Simon–the one forgiven the most money. Does my love for Jesus match His great mercy for me a sinner?

Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; . . .”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank You for forgiving my sins and transgressions. Forgive me for often taking this lightly and not showing love to You by obedience, worship and service. Increase my love level by revealing Your great mercy to me.

Psalm 103:11-12 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.”

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Faithful stewards!

Scripture reading for July 10th: 1st Corinthians 4, Psalm 137, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 4:1-4 “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court.  In fact, I do not even judge myself.  For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted.  It is the Lord who judges me.”

Instead of exalting church leaders, they should be viewed as servants of the Lord Jesus and stewards of the mysteries of God revealed in Him.  Each steward’s first requirement before God is faithfulness.  Only God can judge each person’s faithfulness and reward him.  We cannot even judge ourselves with accuracy.  Wait on the Lord and He alone will judge with truth.

Faith Confession:  I am a servant of Christ Jesus by God’s grace and a steward of God’s Word and truth revealed in Jesus Christ.  Lord, help me not to judge others or even myself presumptuously. I will wait on the Lord alone.

Proverbs 13:14  “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”   

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Don’t pass judgment!

Scripture reading for July 2nd:  Romans 14, Psalm 131, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures:  Romans 14:10-12  “Why do you pass judgment on your brother?  Or you, why do you despise your brother?  For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;  for it is written,”As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”  So then each of us will give account of himself to God.”

Paul was instructing the Roman believers in their need for care in passing judgment on fellow believers based on customs or traditions.  He cautioned them not to pass judgment, condemning or despising brothers or sisters for breaking some law or rule.  Each believer should remember that they must give an account to God for all their own deeds done in the body at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Faith confession:  Lord, help me to keep from judging brothers and sisters in the Lord based on traditions or customs.  I believe that the finished work of Christ, who totally obeyed His Father, will keep me and them on the day of judgment.

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

 

 

 

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Embracing Godly change in the early church!

Scripture reading for May 19th:  Acts 11

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 11:1-3  “The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”  

The early church, as today, struggled with embracing change.  Tradition and culture lead to many false assumptions that had to be worked out through the mediation of the Holy Spirit.  The Jews held tightly guarded ideas about Gentiles and purity.  They believed that good Jews would not associate with a Gentile or eat with them.  The Jewish believers in Jerusalem were quick to judge Peter for going into Cornelius’ home and eating!  Peter had to carefully explain how he came to understand that God was also saving Gentiles who would believe on Jesus Christ.  The Church must be open to truth.  God always loved all mankind and desires all men to be saved.  But the Church must not to change God’s standards for the sake of the culture!  It is only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ that salvation is possible.

Observations for over-comers:  Don’t be quick to judge God’s servants!  Always seek truth and God’s word.  “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.  Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”  (Psalm 96:11-13)

 

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