John 12:47 Not Here To Judge

Judgment

“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” John 12:47

Jesus had been talking about His purpose for being on the earth. He now points out that if anyone does not obey His words, He will not judge them. Jesus is on the earth to save, not judge. Someone else will judge all the disobedience in the end.

When people do something wrong, it is often expected that they will be judged for what they did. There is supposed to be some type of consequence for doing the wrong thing. The world will judge someone when a person has broken a written law. If the law has not been made, there is no condemnation.

When the world looks at a lot of Christianity, all they often see is judgment. Believers are very quick to judge others and point out the sins in other people. There are many believers who will stand up and point out the sins of the world to both believers and non-believers.

Some believers will not even talk to non-believers because of a sin that was done. They will stand up and condemn non-believers for living in wrong lifestyles or disobeying God’s word. Yet, all the world is doing, is living as they are–without God or His law.

Many churches will condemn believers inside the church for not obeying God’s laws and commands. They will be quick to tell a person that he or she is not going to heaven because of some sin in their life.

Yet, Jesus did not go around condemning people. He spoke of sin, but more often, He spoke of salvation and living for God. When a person sins, Jesus does not automatically condemn them to hell. He tries to draw them back. He leaves the condemnation of disobedience to the Father for when He returns in the end.

You must be careful with your words when pointing out sins in others. Do not stand in judgment, but show God’s love, grace and mercy. Point out that Jesus came to take away those sins. Allow God to do all the condemnation when Jesus returns.

Show others how they can love and serve God, rather than condemning them. Jesus came to love and, not judge and condemn.

You are here to save, not condemn as Jesus was.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus offers; that you will show God’s love to others; that you will not condemn others, but point others to Jesus; and that many will begin to follow Jesus because of your love and words.

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2 Chronicles 34:19 Reaction To God’s Word

When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. 2 Chronicles 34:18

Josiah had become king of Judah at a very young age, but had followed God his whole life. He led the nation into serving God again by removing all the false idols and temples. He had the priests repair the temple of God. In the process of the repairs, the book of the Law was found. It was read to Josiah. When he heard the words of God, he tore his robes because he knew how the people had turned away from God and the judgement that God was going to bring upon them.

When the world hears God’s word, most will just ignore it or ridicule it. They look at it as some old time religious superstition and do not believe it. This can be expected since they do not know or follow God in any way.

At the same time, there are many Christians who hear the word of God and ignore it. Every Sunday they go to church and hear a sermon preached. Some will just think that the sermon was for the other person, while others will agree to it, but go home and forget about it and not change. The words heard are not applied to one’s life.

When Josiah tore his robes at hearing the word of God, that was a sign of humility and extreme remorse for a wrong being done. He realized the problems that the people had caused and the sin they had done against God.

Each time you hear God’s word there will be a reaction. You will either accept it, or ignore it. The accepting of God’s word is not just accepting it for someone else’s sake, but for your own life.

As you hear God’s word, whether in a sermon, as you read it, or from someone else, you must apply it to your life. When God’s word points out sin in your life, you must repent of that sin and turn back to God. When God’s word points out ways to live for Him, then you must change your ways in how  you live for Him.

Do not allow yourself to remain indifferent to His word. Allow it to change you to be more like Jesus everyday.

What is your reaction to God’s word for you today?

I pray today that you will listen to God’s word; that you will accept God’s word for your life; that you will live according to God’s word; and that you will let God’s word change your life.