MY BROTHER'S KEEPER
JUDGE NOT THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED
WELCOME BACK MY FRIEND
I trust you're being patient.
The rewards of your patience in taking one step per day is a better
2 Thessalonians 3:5
And the Lord direct your
hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for
Glad you're back,
because there's more exciting things to learn about REPRESENTING. In
this step we will be looking into a VERY important matter.
This is an important
lesson that Jesus taught, and one that is too easily forgotten. You'll
want to be extremely careful not to become judgmental of people. That
is NOT our job as those called to REPRESENT. We are all human and we
all have faults, so to judge another person for their faults is
dangerous business. Let's see what else Jesus said about this:
For with what judgment ye
judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it
shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote
that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that
is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me
pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in
thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of
thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the
mote out of thy brother's eye.
Never forget that
some people haven't found the wisdom that you have found, as quickly
as you have in their lives. As one who REPRESENTS, you always want to
have compassion on people who haven't found TRUTH yet. Keep in mind,
that doesn't mean to give up on them ... You must stand firm and
persist in your efforts to reach them, and at the same time, remember
what it was like before you found TRUTH.
As you may well
know, judgment of others usually begins very early in life, in early
school years and we know it commonly as bullying. Oft times,
children think they are better than others, causing them to call
other children names and/or pick on other children. Once children
learn this or observe this, it is difficult for them not to do this
openly or even just within their mind to others. This is a sad
thing. It's so important to teach the children well.
There were religious
leaders during Jesus' time called ... "Pharisees" which judged Jesus
every chance they could. If you read the Gospels, you'll find that
they followed Jesus from place to place criticizing Him and testing
Him and judging Him, until finally, they crucified Him. These were the
religious leaders of the people back then, people who most others
trusted in their judgment because they were educated in the laws of
Moses and the Holy Scriptures, and they were very dedicated to
following them to the letter. They were well respected, so people went
along with their opinions about Jesus and they denied Him as their
Lord and Savior, even though scripture told of the Messiah that would
save them from their sins, through the prophets for thousands of
Jesus encountered these rascals, the "Pharisees," and you will learn
what He said and did in response to their attacks in this step. Many
Christians and even religious leaders of our own day, judge other
people by their age, clothes they wear, the length of their hair, which side
of town they live on, the color of their skin, past experiences and
mistakes they have made, particular beliefs, etc ...
It's very sad
that these people, who consider themselves to be better than another
of God's children (even though, they know in their hearts that they
were also forgiven of their sins of the past, and received
sin) and that these people would find it necessary to judge another,
in some vain attempt to appear to uplift themselves ... Pretending to
be doing a God service (something good for God).
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be
offended.They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the
time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will
he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not
known the Father, nor me.
Their view makes
the cross, of no effect.
The point is
that people that serve God and think they are here to judge may THINK
they are serving God but they are not. They are serving their own
selfish desires to be a judge and their words make what Jesus did on
the cross as if it were NOTHING when the TRUTH is that when our Lord
died for us on the cross ... It was EVERYTHING.
There are a
few self proclaimed, religious leaders who like to suggest that LAW
These rascals demand that the burden on Christians is to be heavy, so
that it makes it difficult to enter the gates of Heaven. These people
have no compassion, understanding or love for others, in their heart.
They have no concept of the love that God has for His children. Their
desire for self edification, blinds them from the TRUTH.
was some self proclaimed (based on one's own say-so) religious
leaders, back in Jesus' day, that were constantly following Jesus
around quoting LAW. His responses were so compelling that they ran
away in fear and confusion. They became so afraid of losing their high
places, that they devised a plan and had JESUS crucified ... They used
LAWS to do it. They claimed they were doing a God service.
THEY WERE WRONG
But, God had a
plan and His Will ... Was done.
Jesus said it
best, when the self proclaimed religious leaders of that time brought
a woman before Jesus, to be judged for a sin that she had committed.
They asked Jesus what should be done to her, knowing that the LAW said
that she should be stoned to death ...
He that is
without sin, let him first cast a stone at her.
one of the "holier than thou" teachers of
elect to judge
the lost, which are potential
Christians ... Beware, lest you find yourself being judged,
as you have judged these lost souls, and YOU lose
REMINDS ME OF A STORY
There was a man,
that we will call Mr. Smith, who was sitting in church with his wife.
He had just dozed off, during the pastor's sermon, when he awoke to
the sound of the collection plate coming around. He watched as the
people next to him put in what they could afford, which was very
little. When the collection plate reached him, he cleared his
throat very loud, to gain the attention of all those around him, and
put a hundred dollar bill into the collection plate. When church was
over, he was edging his way through the crowd towards the front door
and saw a statue of Jesus. He thought to himself, "He needs a haircut
and a shave" ...
On the way to
his favorite restaurant for brunch, he came upon a stoplight and saw
one of THOSE people. You know, the ones with a sign that says "Will
work for food" ... This guy had long hair, a beard and very dirty,
worn out clothing. As he came to a stop, Mr. Smith rolled up the
electric windows in his new Cadillac and turned his head away from the
poor looking man, who was now just outside his window, with his hand
stretched out towards Mr. Smith. After what seemed like forever to
Mr. Smith, the stoplight turned green. Before Mr. Smith pulled off, he
rolled down the window and yelled out, "Hey, ya bum ... Get a job," and
then sped off laughing.
A few years
later, Mr. Smith died of cancer and ended up at God's judgment seat.
Jesus asked Mr. Smith why it was that he thought he was worthy to get
into Heaven. Mr. Smith said proudly that he donated a hundred dollars
every time his wife could drag him to church. Jesus asked if that was
the only reason and Mr. Smith said, "Yes, of course, I have paid for
my way into heaven" ...
Jesus looked at
Mr. Smith and said ... "I disagree ... You failed to have compassion
and love for your fellow man, when the opportunity arose. You are
greedy and selfish and are not worthy to enter heaven." Mr. Smith,
convicted by Jesus' Words, turned and started walking away with his
head hung low. Then Jesus said ... "And, by the way Mr. Smith ... I am
no bum and I DO have a JOB."
THIS STORY IS ECHOED THROUGH THE BIBLE
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto
you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
What you do to
and for others, you do to and for JESUS.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:
for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Be kind to
strangers, it could be an angel testing you.
I do not frustrate the Grace of
God. For if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
truly believe in Jesus and repent ...
God forgives your sins ... PERIOD
SO YOU MUST
CHOOSE TO FORGIVE OTHERS
HERE IS THE
We're all given
the gift of the grace of God, whether we're sheep or shepherds or rich
or poor or old or young or anything in between. To judge another
person who may not have realized the TRUTH and the freedom and the
beauty and the miracle of God's gift of grace, is just flat wrong.
If you ever find
yourself judging another, or you recognize someone else doing that,
put an end to it right away with the light of TRUTH ... God is the
This brings up
another important topic for us to explore. Though we are CALLED to
REPRESENT, we do make mistakes. It happens to absolutely every human
being that ever lived, except for Jesus. We call it stumbling, or
There are three ways
that people fall, or sin:
1) By doing what you
know is wrong.
2) By not doing what
3) By not knowing the
There is ONLY one way
to get up:
Accepting God's grace through believing that Jesus died for our sins,
(being sincerely sorry).
One of the
important qualities of REPRESENTING is that when you fall down, you
The page you're
about to visit shows that EVERYONE falls. It happens to even the very
best of God's people. Even some of your Bible heroes.
To complete this
Judge Not That Ye Be Not Judged
step you must
CHOOSE to read this additional study. It will teach you that we all fall. You will also
find many that you encounter believe that they are unforgivable
because of something they did and this study will help you show
them the TRUTH.
Continuing in EACH step daily
is so very important.
Go back over each step often to
be sure you have not missed anything.
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