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Growing Toward the Light

Monday, July 08, 2013

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.
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  • MEJEAN411
    1760 days ago
    Sometimes we all are quick too judge, but to find out how wrong we were. That should be a lesson for the next time of course.
    Thank you for the blog, dear friend,
    1760 days ago
    Having mercy often times on this earth is reserving judgement. Too often I am too quick to judge not knowing the circumstances. Thank you for the reminder and for helping me grown into a better person.
    1778 days ago
    God bless you for sharing the word of God. Beautiful blog. emoticon emoticon
    1779 days ago
    God bless you by sharing His Word and His wisdom with us as revealed to you. God is good and is mercies are new every morning. emoticon
    1779 days ago
    You hit the nail on the head. I've been disappointed, hurt, annoyed at times for some people who are indifferent and insensitive toward a family member who has left the faith. In fact, they act like the person doesn't exist anymore.

    They have changed the subject when their name comes up, stare , or say something mean, at times.

    I think judging is sometimes more challenging than forgiving.

    I keep working on it and praying... emoticon
    1780 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    It is human tendency to judge. That being said, we know the power of thoughts to create. Consider, then, the impact of our judgments. When we judge someone critically, those judgments have the power to affect the one being judged, if they are open to our perceptions. This is the case even when we don't say what we're thinking.

    For example, if I judge someone to be fat, and that individual perceives him or herself to be fat and is sensitive to the opinions of others, my thoughts will reinforce their 'fat' experience.

    Being aware of the impact of our judgments helps us let go of our tendency to judge. This helped me and maybe it can now help you. emoticon

    1780 days ago
    Excellent blog Charlene! Yes, it is hard NOT to judge others. I also have to fight constantly my tendency to do so, and to feel self-righteous to boot! Now, never forget that you are not only judging others, but yourself as well. Be Christ-like all around, and do not judge yourself too harshly! emoticon
    1780 days ago
    It is so interesting how GOD uses the things we see in others to correct and chastise us, gving us the opportunity to be ever growing up into Jesus, our Lord. I try to remember that when emoticon I point a finger at someone else, there are three fingers turned toward me emoticon and my thumb standing straight up! So I have to look to the LORD for the three things that need changing in me! emoticon Blessings, Nellie
    1780 days ago
    You are His beloved and when you first came to His cross to be forgiven and given the free gift of righteousness to you He then forgave you of all your sin, past present and future are all forgiven so please forgive yourself and receive your forgiveness from heaven above and walk in live knowing you are now the righteousness of Father God because of Jesus and can now enter with His courage and boldness into His throne room of grace. emoticon
    1780 days ago
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