Today, Monday, might be called Menace for those going back to work while hungover from fun weekends The rain, pouring heavily, suits a Monday with Hurricane Patricia marking the extent of her territory. To go with the flow, today I consider a heavy topic: judgement. Perhaps my first sentence struck a thought of judgement in the hearts of some Christians as I used the word hungover.
How am I suppose to learn to judge rightly what I see, hear, and imagine based on being made in the image of God? How am I to respond to others who misjudge another person? In considering the word hangover, the first definition in the dictionary does not relate to alcohol, but the second definition relates to alcohol and drugs, and most people think of that word associated with the second definition first. I am not trying to turn the word into a gotcha moment by making Christians think of the sin of drunkenness and judging this writer, but if you want to raise your hand in your heart, God is quick to forgive. You see, I must do that for thinking if I use that word some people might judge me as one who got drunk. Good thing to know God is quick to forgive. I need that thought daily. I sinned not in drunkenness but in thinking much about what people might think of me.
In 2 Corinthians 5:10, God’s word relates to the Christians who fall under His judgement: “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” From that verse, I learn that my main concern should be what God, rather than man or woman, thinks about me. As a Christian, my sitting in judgement will not be judgement for my sins which are covered by the blood of Jesus, but rather for the good works I have done in advancing God’s kingdom on earth and bringing Him glory. Good works are never meant to earn salvation that only faith in Jesus can obtain, but the works can earn rewards in heaven.
Thank God that I know when I confess my wrong judgements of other people, myself, what I think others think about me, or even God, that He quickly forgives and lets the blood of Jesus permanently erase those sins. Do you have confidence in forgiveness of your sins when confessed? Have you made any improper judgements of people or even thought too much of what people are thinking of you? I still have much to learn to improve in this area. If you have any thoughts to share, please help others reading this by commenting.