May 4

TODAY IS…

the right day to stop looking for the worst in people.

“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?”  James 4:12 NIV

In this day and age, information is at our fingertips. Much of our ability to obtain information can be used to enhance our lives, educate and enlighten, and to help us grow spiritually.

Unfortunately, there is a disturbing trend to utilize our access to information as a means of “digging up dirt” about our friends, neighbors, and even those we love or are interested in getting to know better.

Arguments are presented justifying this activity out of concern for our personal safety, and that is a legitimate concern. The problem is that far too often, the black marks in a person’s past are used to formulate our opinion of someone today. We become their judge, and we take it upon ourselves to assume a role that we are repeatedly instructed in the Bible is God’s role and God’s alone.

No matter how an individual has lived his or her life; no matter what laws of God or laws of man he or she may have broken: no matter how immoral, promiscuous, or dishonest a person has lived their life in the past, all of these issues are matters for God to consider when passing judgment on a person’s life. As children of God we are specifically forbidden, as James told his audience, from taking it upon ourselves to judge another.

If someone has led a difficult and misguided life and finally comes to know and love the Lord and accept the salvation of Jesus Christ, what right do we have to judge their character and deem them not worthy of our time, our friendship, our fellowship, and our love?

There is a severe penalty to be levied on anyone who would claim to know God and then proceed to pass God’s judgment: the penalty for this hypocrisy will be determined when we stand before the One True Judge.

Our responsibility to God is to love our neighbor. To do this, we must look for something other than their worst. We must look at everyone and find the face of God in them.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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One Response to May 4

  1. gdhayes2014 says:

    Reblogged this on gdhayesblog and commented:
    Such a timely message in this authors blog, which I am reblogging, below.
    Just the other night I recognized within myself that despite my hearts desire to love and be loved; to be loving and to do good, there lingers bits and pieces of human ugliness I don’t want to be there and I don’t want to own. We all suffer this; we are all fallen, yet God loves us despite it. And as we desire His love and forgiveness, we are under command to do the same to our fellow humans.
    No one is without sin; and despite our penchant to grade sin on a scale, sin is sin is sin- it’s not measured in degrees. So, rather than pick at one another we need to forgive and love one another, and look to God.

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