A dear friend sent me a scripture today, (we send scriptures back and forth to ponder on for that day). Jude 1:21, "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."
This is a wonderful verse of scripture and exactly what I needed to hear this morning. It got me thinking in these lines......
Because of the Lords great mercy He allowed me a taste of His love years ago and then has gone before me to guide me into an ever greater understanding of that love which is indescribable.
Because of His great mercy I now know without a shadow of a doubt that God loves me and forgives me for my sins.
Out of His great mercy, He has been leading and guiding me over the past 26 years into a fuller understanding of that pure love of Christ, even Charity.
Romans 11:29-31 "For the gifts and callings of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy."
Then I was lead to these thoughts, as I have the tendency to judge myself unmercifully as well as judge others. I have been working on this fault which is merely a manifestation of a lack of charity or unconditional love.
"Who am I to judge another when I walk imperfectly, In the quiet heart is hidden sorrows which the eye can't see. Who am I to judge another." Lord I would follow thee. (2nd verse Hymn# 220)
I know I have judged a certain person harshly. I have allowed her actions to speak volumes to me. Those volumes were pride and conceit in that she "knows it all". Or rather I have allowed her actions to tell it all, when it is not my place to judge because I myself DO NOT know it all and I do not know her heart.
I am reminded of the scripture Matthew 7:1-3, Judge not, that ye be not judged. 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?"
The spirit once spoke to me. "The faults in others that we view are for the purpose of showing us the same tendency we have in ourselves and our need to repent." I have tried in the past to accept that but it is the natural tendency of man to blame others for my own faults and also to blame others for their own faults. In other words, you could help it if you just wanted to and if you just knew the truth, but I cannot help the way I am because of the way you are. And to top it off I can tell you where you are wrong.
Is it possible that I have a little conceit and pride in myself, thinking I myself know it all?
I have told myself, but my sin is not as great as theirs. Uh Oh! another scripture comes to my mind. "A little leaven leaveneth the whole loaf". 1Cor 5:6-7, "Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
So, keeping myself in the love of God (not judging) I will look for the Lord's mercy in both my own and others lives as I work to "purify my own motives" for what I do, as I was told to do years ago also.
The light of His love is growing brighter day by day as I work and pray to repent and follow Him.