Monday, 23 July 2012

Your Judgment Day

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Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:15:19 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Your Judgment Day
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Your Judgment Day

Scripture: "Stop judging, and you will never be judged. Stop
condemning, and you will never be condemned. Forgive, and you will be
forgiven." (Luke 6:37)

Don't Judge Me

Don't you hate being judged? Ugh, I hate it. In fact, I go to great
lengths to avoid it, but still I feel like others are always focusing
on my flaws. You know, judgment is a soul toxin, maybe one of the
worst. I might compare it to drinking lead; it just sits there in your
soul like a weight, poisoning everything. But today, Jesus is giving
you the remedy to avoid being judged, one you might not have heard. In
fact, if you're like me, you might have been doing just the opposite,
unknowingly heaping more and more judgment in your life. But today we
can start to reverse that. So first, I need you to answer a question
for me...

Answer This

If you were facing a trial and had the option of being either in the
defendant's shoes (the one being judged) or the prosecutor's shoes
(the one doing the judging), which would you choose? If you were me,
you would choose the prosecutor's chair, because that is the one safe
from judgment, right? WRONG. Jesus said it's actually the opposite.
And I want you to read a story with me to prove it.

"The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught
committing adultery. They made her stand in front of everyone and
asked Jesus, 'Teacher, we caught this woman in the act of adultery. In
his teachings, Moses ordered us to stone women like this to death.
What do You say?' They asked this to test Him. They wanted to find a
reason to bring charges against Him. Jesus bent down and used His
finger to write on the ground. When they persisted in asking Him
questions, He straightened up and said, "The person who is sinless
should be the first to throw a stone at her." Then He bent down again
and continued writing on the ground. One by one, beginning with the
older men, the scribes and Pharisees left. Jesus was left alone with
the woman. Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Where did they
go? Has anyone condemned you?" The woman answered, "No one, Sir."
Jesus said, "I don't condemn you either. Go! From now on don't sin."
(John 8:3-11)

Let It Sink In

Imagine that you're her. Think of your worst sin, the thing you most
desperately want to keep from other people. I know I have mine. Now
imagine that all the authorities in your life have brought you to face
your punishment before God and everyone else. How do you feel?
Probably like me, terrified! But then instead, Jesus gets down off of
the Judge's chair, walks over to your accusers, and says, "Well, which
one of you are perfect? You can be the one to cast the judgment." And
then one by one, they drop their charges. Then He walks over to you,
and He says-and this is actually what He is saying to you
now-"I don't condemn you either. Go and be free of your sin."

Judge Not, and You Will Not Be Judged

You see, out of all the people in the story with Jesus, only one
received His forgiveness-the one facing judgment, not casting
it. As long as you are in the judgment seat, Jesus says you are
actually going to receive it the most! "Do not judge, or you too will
be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged,
and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Matthew
7:1-2) It's like you are trying to dig your way out of a ditch, but
with every pile of dirt you shovel out, one more is piled in. That's
what happens when you judge others. In fact, Jesus goes on to say that
the bad you see in others are actually your own flaws: "Why do you
look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no
attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your
brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all
the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take
the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove
the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:3-5) It's like
you were sitting in your house, noticing everyone's flaws out the
window, but what you don't realize is that you're not looking at a
window, but a mirror. And every judgment you cast on "others" is
actually one you're casting on yourself.

The Remedy

So what's the remedy? The antidote to judgment is actually mercy.
That's what Jesus showed with the adulterous woman. Actually I
shouldn't call her that; I should more rightly call her the forgiven
woman. Because when she was at her lowest, Jesus showed her mercy, and
it gave her forgiveness. The Bible says, "Mercy triumphs over
judgment." (James 2:13) In a fighting match, mercy is stronger than
judgment. So if you are feeling clogged up with judgment-for yourself
and for others-God wants you to take a mercy pill. He wants you to
first accept the mercy He is offering you, and then start to give it
to others. He wants you to put yourself in the position of the
adulterous woman and not in the position of her judges. Because as you
give mercy, you will receive it in return.

Take A Mercy Pill

Take God's mercy pill today...and start to take it everyday. Every
time you start to judge someone, just pause and take a dose of God's
mercy instead. Think of how many of your flaws Jesus has forgiven. Let
it flow through your soul and touch others in return. For example,
today I was at the grocery store, and started to judge the woman in
front of me. But then I started to think instead of all the good
things about her, and I started to feel mercy for myself too! It's the
same for you: you can start to live a life of mercy for yourself and
others. If you want to receive God's mercy and start to give it to
others in return, just tell Him. He will give you what you ask! Let's
start to get rid of the soul toxin of judgment! Help us God!

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