Judging Others

Ephesians 4:22-24 (GW) You were taught to change the way you were living. The person you used to be will ruin you through desires that deceive you. However, you were taught to have a new attitude. You were also taught to become a new person created to be like God, with a life that truely has God’s approval and is holy.

tombstone

I am reading a book, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality”, by Peter Scazzero.  There was a quote in the book that goes “The monk,” said one of the Desert Fathers, “must die to his neighbor and never judge him at all in any way whatever”.  He continued: “If you are occupied with your own faults, you have no time to see those of your neighbor.” WOW.

I don’t know about you but I have a long way to go in being perfected in Christ.  I, like you, sin every day.  If I could choose to be like someone in the bible I think I would like to be Enoch.  The Bible says in Genesis 5:22-24 (NKJV) After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Just sit for a minute and let that scripture soak in.  He walked with God three hundred years.  I know that God walks with me every step of every day.  But to actually WALK WITH GOD!?!  I love the old hymn that says, “And He walks with me and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share, as we tarry there, None other has ever known.”

Both the quote and this scripture made me stop to evaluate me.  Not to measure me against anyone else but to measure me.  God loves you and He love me.  He knows that we are not perfect.  He knows that we continue to sin, even when we try not to to.  That’s why He sent Jesus.  That’s why He has done everything through history….just for US! Because He loves us!

I don’t know about you but every now and then I need to be reminded of this.  I need to stop and reflect on me and my imperfect relationship with Jesus so I can focus on making it better.  Not because I think I will die and go to hell.  Not because I believe that God is judging me.  Not because I have to stand before the Lord and confess all my sin.  BUT because he loves me so much and has done so much for me, how I can I not want to replay him with my love and dedication?

You see the scripture of Enoch ends with “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”  How amazing would it be for your tombstone to have this written across it with your name instead of Enoch?

 

 

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