Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Judgment, Who Has the Right to Judge?

3Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
14-16If you're abused because of Christ, count yourself fortunate. It's the Spirit of God and his glory in you that brought you to the notice of others. If they're on you because you broke the law or disturbed the peace, that's a different matter. But if it's because you're a Christian, don't give it a second thought. Be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name!
17-19It's judgment time for God's own family. We're first in line. If it starts with us, think what it's going to be like for those who refuse God's Message!

If good people barely make it,
What's in store for the bad?
So if you find life difficult because you're doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he's doing, and he'll keep on doing it.

I Peter 4:12-19, The Message Bible
As the scriptures says, there will be difficult times in our lives. Times when things get hard. In those times we must depend on Him for our help and strength. Reach out to other Godly friends and family members. What happens usually is when we find ourselves in tight spots or sinful situations, we run away from God and His people. But, what we really should be doing is running hard towards Him and His people! That is where you will receive strength, comfort, forgiveness, love, joy, peace, and revelation of why you are in the situation. The enemy does not want us to get to the bottom of our issues, it wants to keep us running from truth and repeating destructive and harmful behavior. But, always remember push past your fear, hurt, shame, doubt, guilt, and anger, and run into the safety of God.
Who has the right to judge? God does, and sometimes when we are around those that follow Him, their presence judges us more than their words ever could. Sometimes when we are around believers, conviction comes and for some odd reason, we think they know everything we have done!?! But in reality, they sometimes know nothing. Allow God to love you through them and let them help you carry your load.Find someone who can love you and support you and never try to be the Lone Ranger, even he had a side-kick! As the scripture says, its hard for the believer, so run to the place of safety and peace and let God heal you.