A Place of Grace
Thought of the Week
August 6, 2018
(Note: A Place of Grace is published on a weekly basis)
You Are Not The Judge
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Some of you know this story, but I think it is worth repeating. Many years ago, we went to New York City, and stayed in Greenwich Village. We were around Chinatown, Little Italy and Canal Street. I was told by some well meaning people that staying in that area was a bad place to be, Greenwich was supposedly the place that the drugs of the 60ís started. I was supposed to see really weird people there and it wasnít all that safe. Well, our whole trip was wonderful. I couldnít believe the difference in what I saw and what I was told.
Actually the oddity in New York City was Brent, my stepson. At that time he had colored his hair a fuchsia type of red and had spikes. People asked to touch it and in the airport it was joked about whether it was a lethal weapon or not. Brent was asked if he knew of a good sushi bar as if he lived there. People would stop and stare and he was even asked by a tourist if she could take his picture, not once but twice.
I was also told not to trust anyone about directions and especially not to get on the subway. We found that people were very nice and quite helpful. We did get on the subway and it was fine. It was a cool experience. Just because one person has had a bad experience or has been told something is bad doesnít mean we should judge by someone elseís beliefs.
Arenít you glad that God doesnít judge us as we judge? We are so quick to stereotype people and make quick assumptions. Brent was and is a spirit filled Christian. He went to church and at that time played drums in the Rock services and many different instruments during Sunday morning services . He played electric violin, bass guitar, electric guitar, bongos and drums, just about anything he set his mind to, he could play. But I am sure that people had preconceived notions about him because of his hair. He didnít seem to mind, he knew who he was and he was proud of his uniqueness.
God is not a respecter of persons. He doesnít care what we look like or where we live. He knows our heart. He knows how sincere we are and what our true intentions are. He looked at Davidís heart not his age or stature. He looked at Mosesí heart not where he grew up or what he had done in his past. He looked at Peter, not for his big burliness and occupation but his heart. He didnít look at Rahabís past and living conditions, he looked at her heart. He does the same for us. He doesnít look at our clothes, our jobs, our hair, where we live, where weíve been, what weíve done. If we accept Jesus as our Savior, He looks at our heart.
If God looked at your heart today would He be pleased? Would He see love and compassion for others or would He see a judgmental attitude, a prideful condition in you.
Get rid of your preconceived ideas about others and show them the love of God. If they donít look like you or talk like you or live like you, well, praise God! Each one of us are unique individuals, loved and created by God. Love one another as God loves each one of us. Romans 2:1-3 James 4:12 Galatians 2:6
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