Just as we always suspected it really does matter how we live. The believers life is based on the decision to follow Christ closely which produces true blessings both now and eternally. This parable in Matthew 13:47-50 reminds us that there is at the end of life an evaluation of the genuineness of our faith. “…The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the godly…” Matthew 13:49 LB And Jesus will be exalted above all others as he comes to judge the earth. “When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another…” Matthew 25:31, 32 KJV Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God, is worthy to judge his creation. However, don’t we all find it so unusually tempting to take part in the judging of others?
It’s often easy to judge behaviors, lifestyles, inner motives, and even whether people truly belong to Christ. The apostle James explains the vital importance of living by the liberating law of love. “Don’t criticize and speak evil about each other, dear brothers. If you do, you will be fighting against God’s law of loving one another, declaring it wrong.” James 4:11 LB This is another reason why it’s imperative to not judge one another. We will always have faults and areas that God is working on in our own lives. It shouldn’t be a bit surprising when we discover we do the very things we condemn in others. “And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own.” Matthew 7:3 LB
Now it is encouraging to know that each believer does have incredible potential to understand and evaluate. “…The spiritual man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can’t understand him at all.” 1 Corinthians 2:15 LB While we cannot comprehend God by human effort, the Spirit reveals many of his thoughts to us. God has set in motion the most wonderful plan; a plan that sets us free from judgmental or critical attitudes toward our fellowman. “And the Father leaves all judgment of sin to his son, so that everyone will honor the Son…” John 5:22,23 LB This is a far better way, a life that exalts the Savior. Lord, how shall we then live? Let us rely on Jesus to teach us how to see others through the eyes of both God’s wisdom and love.
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