||[May. 8th, 2008|07:00 am]
1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.|
2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who do such things.
Grant grace, not judgement - leave God to do His job.
3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?
4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
Do not mock God's kindness for weakness - if you sin AND you do NOT repent and you do not see immediate consequences for your actions rejoice not in that "God forgot" or that "God will forget" for time is NOTHING in God's eyes. In 1 Sam 15, God gave the Amelikites 400 years to repent, but when there time came, His judgment was to destroy them all (the same judgment He decided upon on the day of this sin.) Lord, I pray that I properly use the time and grace You have given me to repent and to live for You.
6 He will render to each one according to his works:
7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.
11 For God shows no partiality.
This is why motives are so important - note how the judgments are given out based on what the men SEEK, "themselves" or " glory, honor, and immortality." Lord, I pray that that you reveal every wicked way in me and lead in the path everlasting. Please, guide me and prune me - ensure that I may have proper motives when serving You.
12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.
13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.
15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them
16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
For goodie-two shoes and the good person, being good isnt good enough. When it comes down to it, we all know, to some degree, the good that we should do, but without belief in Jesus Christ, all the bad that we "slipped up" or purposefully done still prepares the noose for us to hanged when we stand before the judge. And though by good works our faith is perfected and proven to be genuine and real, there is no amount of good works can wash away your sins, only the blood of Jesus can do that. Faith leads to salvation, not good works, but our faith is proven by our good works. (James 3) Lord, help me to know this is real and to walk in the truth of Your word.
17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God
18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law;
19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,
20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—
21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?
22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law.
24 For, as it is written, The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
Knowledge of God's word alone will not save you and you can not fully claim to believe Jesus Christ is king and treat He and his commands as everyday rubbish and "suggestions." Hypocrisy is why Christ is mocked today, because the people who are called to be His look-alikes look nothing like Him, at least not consistently and not even after they are corrected - if You desire to see Christ gloried (as is the purpose of every Christian), then represent Him well. Lord, help me to follow You in complete obedience so that I may honor You fully. I don't want to pick and choose what to follow - allow me to be right in Your sight.
25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.
26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?
27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law.
28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.
29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
This is encouraging to me, because it lets me know that God is so much more concerned with my heart than my appearance and outward body marking of being a Christian, No circumcision - thats ok, no gold cross - thats fine; if in your heart (and the out of the abundance of the heart does the mouth speak and the person walks) God has performed the surgery to remove those bad things (that allowed you to so easily and without a speck of conscious to act in a way that was so deeply pitted against Him), then your circumcision is as real as it gets.