Comfort, Don’t Condemn

25 Mar

God’s WordMatthew 7:21-23   Jesus said, “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me.  What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills.  I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say?  ‘You missed the boat.  All you did was use me to make yourselves important.  You don’t impress me one bit.  You’re out of here.’” 

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

Many have the head knowledge about God but have never connected that with the heart.  comforting_handThere is a huge difference.  A person could memorize the entire Bible and answer all the questions correctly, but still flunk the final test.  That test takes place on the heart level—known only by God.  That is why I remind you not to go around condemning others for you do not have access to the heart as God does.

God does not condemn anyone—so how can you dare to do such a thing.  Each person is redeemed or condemned at the heart level—based on their obedience to the understanding of God they have achieved.  Look at the birds of the air and the lily’s of the field!  You can plainly see that they obey God’s directions.  If even nature follows God then mankind too will be held responsible to follow God.

To hear and know God’s Word is not sufficient. Follow the example of the birds and flowers—obey that inner voice of God calling you on the heart level to obedience.  God’s call upon your life does not inhibit your creativity but unleashes all that you are capable of doing and becoming.  Rather than restrain—you are released—to love, joy, and peace.  God does not give simply to make you comfortable but to cause you to become His comforters.  For in the comforting of others, you receive God’s comfort in a way that your cup is full and spilling over.

Jesus’ Question for Me: Who will accompany you to heaven because you wrapped the comforter of God’s love around them in this life?

Jesus’ Promise to Me: As you comfort, so shall you be comforted.

My Prayer to God

I praise You for Your amazing grace that loves and comforts me.

I am sorry I don’t do a better job of passing that on.

Thank you for each new day of life to discover Your grace anew.

Help me draw near to You through caring for others.


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