Roman's Study: Written On Our Hearts
This Thursday let us return to Chapter Two of Romans. Verses one through sixteen to discuss "God's Judgment of Sin". It starts out, however, warning us of judging others. This is a problem my own family has been experiencing from others upon us. It is a warning that we do not take lightly and work hard to not partake in ourselves. Yet we too sin.
"You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God's judgment when you do the same things?" Romans 2:1-3
I am guilty myself of catching myself judging, how about you? Here are verses for us really to think upon. Thankfully, as we confess this sin to our Father, he forgives and forgets. We should be offering that same kind of love to those who we think may be doing wrong. I remember often hearing as a child, "Love the sinner, hate the sin." It always seemed like such a cop-out to me. However, as I grew as a child of God, I realized that while the quote might have been a little annoying to me, there was a lot of truth in it.
"Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?" Romans 2:4
Just as God is so patient and kind with me/you, we in turn should show the same to our fellow brothers and sisters. Through acts of kindness we can show the love and kindness that we were given when God rescued us from a life without hope. We can stop our stone throwing, our finger pointing, and reach out in love, kindness, and tolerance. It is then that we open the door for God to use us to minister to others through our actions and relations. Soon the door for sharing God's message of hope is often opened, or the spirit may prompt a time of confession. God begins a work that is beyond us but most often working in us, as well as, the person we felt tempted to condemn. That is just how much He loves us!
We all shall have times of wrestling with sin. Our actions on that temptation reflect on our walk with Christ. Does your own conscience and thoughts accuse you, or tell you what is right in a situation? It is not enough to just read, know or listen to his law. It is through obeying the word, applying to every second of life that makes us right with our God. Does your day to day life reflect a heart that has God's word written all over it?
"And this is the message I proclaim - that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone's secret life."(Romans 2:16)
May you have abundant life in Christ!
Blessings upon you,
** I used the Holy Bible, New Living Translation for sharing with you today.**