Wednesday, June 28, 2017


There are no exceptions.  Every person has a host of others who sin against them.  It's rugged.  It's painful.  It's daily.

And, what is one to do about this?  What are we to do about them?  God is not vague in this matter.  How we choose to deal with them sets the parameters for how He will deal with us.  We set the course for our own trial and judgment.  It's weird; but it's true.  As a result, this changes our entire perspective on how we choose to deal with any who sin against us.

Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things (Romans 2:1).  Verses 2-5 reinforce the writer's statement.  We will be judged by how we choose to judge others.  Condemnatory?  Then we shall be likewise.  Merciful?  Such, then, will be afforded us.

This.  Is.  Serious.  Business.

Take inventory of just how many people there are whom you despise; even hate.  Look them over thoroughly with your self-righteous squint-eyed disdain.  God is not vague.  He insists that each of us is looking in the mirror.  Ah, how we don't want to believe it.  We just can't be like them.  Yet, it's true.

Our role is to be as Jesus; not only to die for those who sin against us, but to love them so much we take on their sins.  Tall.  Order.  We could not get well if Jesus did not suffer our due penalty.  He paid for what we deserved.  Why do you think we are to carry crosses day by day anyway?  Religious jabber?

No.  We are on a mission to die for the very people who hurt us....hurt us their offensive and obnoxious sin against us.  This is what Jesus did...and continues to do...from within us.  It might be good for us to be reminded to park our high-horses and dismount as quickly as we can.  Should we continue to hold animosity toward any, we are setting our own Judgment Day in a framework that we do not intend.

Yes.  Of course we are mighty aware of the sins that some others commit while seemingly able to be quite forgiving of our own.  It feels good to dislike (even hate) others, do you think?  Such spite seems to keep your cause charged.  It seems to keep you charged.  But....drop it.  The greatest sinner you ever met will look back at you in the mirror every morning and then...will be waiting to look back at you every evening.

What to do about those who sin against you?  Forgive them as quickly as you can for Someone is monitoring your behavior.  And do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment upon those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God (Romans 2:3)?

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