“Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1 No one knows another’s motives. God alone can bring to light what is hidden in darkness; He alone can expose the intentions of the heart. Jesus knows the latent forces that motivate others. Moreover, He is working in every submissive heart to bring it to maturity. Thus, in the […]
“Even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Colossians 3:13 Before criticizing others we might ask the Lord to reveal our own shortcomings. Prior to ripping out the wires of relationships, we could check to see if patience and forgiveness are connected in our own heart. It’s good to look inside our heart – to check […]
“You shall not take vengeance…, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Leviticus 19:18. Instead of returning injury and insult, may we live by Christ-honoring and Spirit-empowered alternatives. Leave final justice in the hands of a just God.
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged.” Luke 6:37. Many of us criticize others to cover up for the same faults in our own lives. We also tend to find fault with someone when in fact we are the ones in the wrong, not the other person. If you are looking for faults to correct, […]
“First remove the plank from your own eye.” Luke 6:42. We should encourage righteousness in others, because it is right for God’s children to stir up each other to loving actions and attitudes. But we are all growing in Christ, so we must be neither judgmental nor patronizing. Rather, we should build one another up. Any other […]