Nevermind what your feelings say, what does His Word say? God wants us to know that what we do to others, we do to Him. And The word of God is what connects us, not judgement.
We must look beyond peoples actions/ and flaws to see the grace of God, the plan of God, the ability of God. The manifestatation of the love and mercy of God. The Lord is not looking at our failures, but judges us through the finished work that was completed 2000 years ago...He came to be, what we could not be ,so that "As He is, so are we in this world." 1st John 4:17. ...selah.....Praise God!!....
In the book of John, the 7th chapter, we see how the religious people of the day, along with those who "professed "to being people of God, were the very ones who brought judgement upon Jesus. Even goin as far to telling Him, He had a demon! And in verse 24 Jesus tells them, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgement." How are you seeing your brother/sister? When talking to others in the body, Do you start questioning their walk with "you can't do that," or "You must do this."..If so,...This is not God.. its Religion! This person might be struggling with a habitual habit or sin, and we are heaping condemantion and guilt upon them.. Who are we to judge a servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans14:4. Ostracizing or shunning people have never caused a people to really change to become strong sons of God.
When a person knows God, or better yet, are known by God, and knows their sins are no longer held against them, (Hebrews 8:12) that they are now the Righteousness of God through faith in Christ Jesus, it encourages them to keep going...not give up. To keep pursuing the "better way" the gift, they have received freely which brings pleasure, joy, and more then anything FREEDOM from guilt and condemnation. Romans 14:13 "Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this--not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brothers way. And verse 19 says to "pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another." The religious folk like to say..this gives you a license to sin...but just like the professed believers in John, they doubt the word of the Lord. Are we really a New Creation, created IN Christ Jesus? Can He alone really perfect us?
I Corinthians 1: 10 "Now I exhort you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind, and in the same judgment.".
The Father looks over and sees Christ sitting(at His right hand) in a place thats over ALL our unrighteous acts...You see, Love covers a Multitude of Sin and this is what Christ did for us at the cross...once and for all. Will you walk in this love? Not judge another?...but see Jesus?
For as He is, so are we in this world........Only believe..
Hello with hopes all is well in your life. According to God's own words in Isaiah 29:13, Mark 7:6-7, 13 the religions of this world are not as the word directs, but as man leads through their own rules, doctrines and traditions. Therefore a world of division because the different beliefs worldwide are just uncountable -- and that is why this entire world has been misled and deceived. Revelation 12:9
Hebrews 8:12 is refering to God's kingdom after affliction has come upon us all. For any spiritual minded seeking truth, Ezekiel 34 explains how this world of believers have not been fed truth, what will happen, and how God will regather all. Lamentations chapter 3 is also the destiny for this world of disobedient believers.
When you say all believers have been forgiven for thier sins its true -- but past sins because when we come to our Lord we must become as His body only following Hin as our Head -- All those saved are saved -- but not eternally until they all do only as The Word being Christ instructs. Hebrews 5:9
In this world filled with so many religions there is no agreement, there is nothing but division; and none have the mind of Christ according to the pure words of our Lord. Psalms 12:6, 14:2-3, 53:2-3
What you say -- Will you walk in this love is good, true, right and the only way to know God; and that is because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 And not to judge is so true also because for those we judge, we shall be judged also. -- Yet this entire world of believers do not believe the words of our Lord in exactly how they are seen -- and when believers carry no heartfelt love with compassion for others, they not only know not the Father, but have become as murders written in 1 John 3:14-17 -- And in truth my sister, believers have been murdering me daily for the past six years. My wife and I have no funds, only rice, and power from another home we owe 7 months for electric and just very many difficutties -- yet we have always kept our faith just as Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:23-27, just as Shadrach Meshach andd Abed-nego chopsing the suffering of the fiery furnace rather than denying God. It was God who placed me years ago as His student to learn and experience this world of religious peoples actions -- and I have learned so well while seeing just as God sees a world of believers who know Him not in spirit and truth because they have never been taught to follow only their Head as the only true church being a group as the body ant not a building of man. No love is not doing Christs new commandment in John 13:34 -- Revelation 22:14 is blessings for the tree of life for only tose who do all of God's commandments. So are my years of being hated, detested, judged and scorned by believers love? I have over twenty years with God, and through these past years in the Philippines as a student, I know have eleven free websites, a published book and a half million views -- but not one person who cares as a genuine brother and sister beyond what stops at their tongue. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 speaks well of love, and so does 1 Peter 4:8 because it can cover many sins.
I have no doubt of your devotion -- its just that being not of this world spiritually speaking with only God as my teacher -- I cannot become misled. And there is no mistruth in the words of our Lord -- only in the way believers psychologically take waht's written.
The number one enemy is not division, but rather the god of this world believers fail to over come; and because the father of lies is hate and everything against truth while being the prince and power of the air, he steals love and compassion with action from all believers so that they can not even know the only true God; and His words tell all believers what I have just shared -- but none believe who their lips claim to love -- but rather self edification while living in darkness. Where is your genuine love for others? What have you done beyond empty words for others? Do you really care about others beyond self-righteous words? Don't tell me, tell God thorugh what is written in your heart with actions that cannot lie because that is where God looks rather than hearing a world of lying lips. People do not like truth, and God lies not in these words. . .
"The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand,[a] who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Psalms 14:2-3
Yet this world of believers will excuse themselves as if they know more than God when they just read His pure words of truth directly to them all.
Hi Jeff, As I read over your comments..skimming thru my blogs... I must say... you are right in saying the enemy is our #1 enemy...not division...but division, because of religious(law-keeping) is closely second... the enemy uses religion to keep us seperated...
The Body of Christ is crippled in division..we do not stand united..which keeps us from winning this world for Christ( the enemy loves this)...why would they want what we have..when we can't even seem to agree to disagree..in love..
I also must say, staying in a law based mentality...such as in Psalms 14:2-3 where our Lord looks down from heaven and sees NONE GOOD..was BEFORE the Cross...This was the whole reason our Father sent the SON..to reconcile us to Him...it was our only Hope of Glory!...He wanted us with Him.....HE loves us..and He wants a family.. not a bunch of robots...
I pray that you might sometime soon be released from the persecution of self and others...for it is not EVER what we do...but what HE has done that saves us...our flesh will never be good enough...but the one who lives within IS.....Seeing the FINISHED WORK of the Cross truly sets one free from this tormenting self destructive way of thinking..I pray you seek it out....really I do...