John 20:21 Not Judgment, But Peace

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Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He began to show Himself to different people. The disciples were in a locked room when Jesus first appeared to them. They were scared, but His first words to them were to be at peace. Then He sends them out to do a work for God.

When a person is going through a difficult time, the last thing he wants is for all of his friends to reject him, or walk away. He needs the help and support of his friends.

While some get the needed support, many have a lot of friends who walk away. They do not support. This is especially true if the situation is very negative.

Very often when a person is accused of a major crime and sentenced to prison, most of his friends reject him. They do not understand how he could have done such a crime. Many people do not want to be associated with someone who has committed a major crime.

People who have been abandoned by another person in great time of need, will often come back later with accusations against that person. He will be angry for being rejected and left alone to suffer.

Jesus did not do that with the disciples. Every disciple had abandoned Him as He was being accused, beaten and crucified.

Later when Jesus rose from the dead and met with them, the first thing He told them was to be at peace. He was not angry with them for abandoning Him. Jesus forgave them and gave each one a chance to start over. There was no accusation or blaming done at all. They were forgiven.

You may have had a friend who has hurt you or abandoned you in your time of need. Instead of throwing accusations and judgment upon him, forgive him and make peace with him.

There may also be times you have let God down and abandoned Him. Allow Jesus to forgive you and make peace with Him. He is there to bring peace, not condemnation and judgment.

God wants you to have peace in your life with Him. Do not be afraid to meet with God after making a mistake and sinning. He is there to forgive you and restore the peace.

I pray today that you will know the peace Jesus brings; that you will go to God when you make a mistake and sin against Him; that you will not fear approaching God; and that you will make peace with those who have done wrong to you.

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John 8:11 Leave It Behind

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“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11

Some Pharisees had brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery to Jesus. They wanted Him to condemn her because of her sin and the law of Moses. Jesus offered them to throw the first stone and then bent down and wrote in the sand.

When Jesus stood up, there was no one there. He told the woman that He would not condemn her, but that she was to leave her life of sin.

Casting condemnation upon a person is a common thing to happen in this world. Both inside and outside the church, people will condemn people for doing wrong.

Some people are quick to condemn a person, while others will not even look at the sin and see it as wrong. Sin is accepted by many, both in and outside the church.

There are sins that are overlooked by the church as “not that bad.” The sin has become so commonplace that no one even cares about it. So, the person is neither condemned, nor confronted about the sin.

This type of action can occur in the corporate levels of the church, as well as in the personal lives of believers. Many believers know that a sin is wrong, but do not leave it behind when Jesus does not condemn them.

Jesus had every right to condemn the woman, but He did not. However, He did not just let her off the hook completely. He also told her to leave her life of sin. She was not to stay in that same place of sin.

When you are confronted about a sin in your life, either by another person or conviction of the Holy Spirit in your life, you must do something about it. Be willing to leave behind your life of sin. Allow Jesus to cast that sin out of your  life, and don’t go back and pick it up again.

Jesus does not want to condemn you. He came to save you. However, He does not want you to stay in the same place, holding onto the same things.

Jesus is right there to pick you up, build you up and save you. Let go of the sin in you life and live your life for God. 

I pray today that you will know that God does not condemn you; that God wants to forgive you; that God wants you to live a full life for Him; and that God will help you leave your life of sin behind. 

Luke 13:3 Repent Or Perish

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I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Luke 13:3

Some people had come to Jesus and told them how some Galileans were killed by Pilate. Jesus asked them if they thought that the Galileans were worse sinners than they were because they had suffered. He then warned the people that if they do not repent, they would also perish.

People inside the church will often look at people outside the church as worse people. This often occurs when the person outside of the church suffers in a bad way. Believers will very quickly condemn the person for his actions and say he is a worse sinner than they are.

Someone who has committed several murders is considered a worse person than the person who has just told a few lies. The condemnation runs high.

This will even occur with inside the church. One believer will condemn another believer as being a worse sinner. Often certain types of people are looked down upon as worse sinners, adulterers, drug addicts, alcoholics, divorced, alternate sexual preferences, and more. The are considered worse sinners.

In God’s eyes, sin is sin. It does not matter if it is a ‘big’ sin, such as murder, rape, or some other ‘great’ sin. Or if it is just a ‘small’ sin, such as telling a lie or gossip. Every sin, regardless of its “size” is sin and separates a person from God. All Adam and Eve did was eat some fruit that was forbidden to be touched, and they were separated from God.

Was that a ‘big’ or ‘small’ sin? In the eyes of the world it was a very small thing to do with a very large consequence. In God’ eyes it was a very large problem.

Regardless of what ‘size’ the sin is, a person needs to repent of it. As a believer, you must also repent of, turn away from, all sin. Do not allow any sin in your life.

Treat every sin as though it is the worst thing that could ever possibly be done. God hates all sin and that is why He sent Jesus to die on the cross for you. He wanted to remove all of that sin. Only Jesus can remove sin.

Take time today to repent of any sin in your life. Be careful not to judge someone else as being more of a sinner than you.

I pray today that you will repent of all sin; that God will help you turn from all sin; that you will not judge others as worse than you; and that you will live your life in obedience to God.

Luke 9:54-55 No Time For Condemnation

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When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Luke 9:54-55

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and He had sent some disciples ahead into a Samaritan village to get it ready for Him. After the people rejected Him, James and John wanted to destroy the people. Jesus rebuked John and James for wanting to do that.

People are very quick to judge and want to destroy other people. This is very true when the other people do not act or think in the same way. This explains why there are so many different wars and battles going on around the world. People do not agree, so they choose to fight.

Just as John and James were quick to want to destroy the people, so are many believers. Sometimes they are quick to want to destroy another believer, but it is very common for them to want to destroy non-believers.

The world will act a certain way or promote a sinful action because that is who they are. Many believers are very quick to condemn them and want God to destroy them. This has been seen with abortion clinic doctors or terrorists.

Jesus said that the world would reject believers because it rejected Him. Jesus did not go out and start condemning the world because they rejected Him. He still showed love and compassion.

Condemning someone who is doing what they do because of who they are is not showing love. It is not giving the person a chance to change. If Jesus would have destroyed that village, the people would never have had another chance to believe in Him.

Believers can condemn the action, but must be careful not to condemn the person. That is the job Jesus is to do.

When people are not acting correctly or are working against you, know that you are going through what Jesus had gone through. You are not above Him. He went through rejection and still loved the people, so will you.

Take time to pray for the person. Be a shining light of who Jesus is and how He would react. Do not be like the world and condemn right away and be willing to have the other person destroyed. Show God’s love and compassion.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will give you strength when people reject you; that you will not be quick to condemn others; and that you will show God’s love to all people.

Jeremiah 12:15 Uproot And Rebuild

But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. Jeremiah 12:15

God states that He will uproot all the nations that came against Israel. The people had expected this. Those nations were considered wicked nations because they had taught Israel to follow false gods. Most people expected God to completely destroy these nations, however, God states that He will have compassion on them and restore them also, when they choose to follow Him.

The expectation of the wicked being destroyed is a common thought, even to this day. Many Christians go around talking about how the wicked will be destroyed and that there is no hope for them. God does not work that way. He does not want anyone to be destroyed.

God’s compassion runs very deep for every person on this earth. Christians need to remember where they came from. At some point in their life, every believer was a wicked person. They may not be wicked in comparison to some people, but when compared up against God, every person is extremely wicked. God has never sinned in any way or at any time. How many sins has every Christian made, since becoming a believer?

As you look around you in life, you will see people doing very wicked things. From man’s point of view it looks as if it is hopeless for those people. You may desire for God to come down and destroy all the people. Seek God to know and understand His compassion for those people.

Rather than destroy them, seek to restore them to God. God has created every human being on this earth. Since He created them, they came from Him and are His. All have walked away from Him and need to be restored back to Him.

Take time today to work at restoring some person back to God. Do this by showing His love and compassion to them. They do not need to be destroyed, but loved. Instead of condemnation and showing them how they are wrong, show them who God is and how great His love is. Show them what living for God really looks like. Show them the joy and peace that can be found in Jesus. This will go a lot further, then just condemning them.

I pray today that you will know God’s compassion and love for the lost people; that you will have God’s love for the lost people; that you will seek to restore people to God; and that you will not condemn people because of their choices or actions.

Isaiah 63:7 Tell Of His Kindness

I will tell of the kindness of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7

A lot of Christians are willing to talk about the God, but not always in the best way. Many are very quick to point out sins in the lives of non-believers and condemn them for the way they are living. All the commands of God are quickly remembered and brought to the attention of those who do not even follow Him.

The ones who speak this way feel as though they must be quick to point out the sin, so that they the person will know that they need God in his life. One of the problems with talking this way is that it does not show the kindness of God very well.

God does not just show up into a person’s life and point out all of his sins. He shows up into the person’s life to show love and kindness. As the person sees and feels God’s love and kindness, he is drawn towards God. God’s love and kindness causes a desire in a person for more. It helps the person realize that what he has is not working and really does not fulfill his life.

If you look at your own life, you should be able to see the many ways God was kind to you over the years.

How many times has God forgiven you when you sinned?

How many times has God shown you love instead of beating you down?

These are the things you should be talking about to non-believers. Point them to the many ways God is kind and loving. As you do this, God’s love and kindness will draw them towards Him.

Who wants to start following some dictator who is just out to destroy and kill because of something done wrong? No one.

As you go through your day think about all the kindnesses God has shown you. Now share it with someone else. Share it with other believers and share it with non-believers. It is a great testimony that will draw many to Jesus.

I pray today that you will see the kindness God has given you; that you will show God’s kindness and love to others; that you will praise God for His kindness; and that His kindness and love will shine in this world through you.

Job 20:29 Harsh Words With No Hope

Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29

Zophar begins to speak to job and is upset. He believes that Job has been living in sin, because of the trouble he is going through. Zophar lists all types of things that will happen to a non-believer, the troubles that he will go through when refusing to follow God. At the end he also lists what God will do to the one who lives a wicked life. It is considered the wicked person’s heritage with no hope of anything different.

It is very easy to see someone else’s faults and to point them out. Faults stick out very clearly in the life of a person. Think of looking at a large blank white sheet of paper. It is clean. Now put one small black dot somewhere on the paper the size of a period. As you look at the paper now, where are your eyes drawn to? That black dot. It sticks out, just as sin also sticks out in the life of a person.

People love to point out the faults in another person, because it makes the one seeing them appear to look better. Pointing out faults in others happens in the workplace, on the streets, in the stores, in the government, and everywhere else in this world. People want to feel better about themselves, so they make others look worse.

This type of action not only occurs in the world, but also inside the church and by the church in the world. Believers are very quick to point out sin in other believers lives or in people of the world. Often, they do not add in the offer of salvation in Jesus. They do not offer any forgiveness or hope for change.

Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. Zophar was right in some of what he was saying, but he did not offer any hope of change. If you see sin in your life or in the life of another person, it can be pointed out, but then also show what Jesus can do about it. Show that Jesus is willing to remove it and bring life to the person.

Give people hope, not just condemnation.

I pray today that you will see the salvation Jesus provides; that you will show God’s love to those at fault; and that you will provide the hope in Jesus to every person you meet.