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Love and Judgement
Jesus loved us first despite our many weaknesses. So why is it that we are prone to look at one another critically rather than with His love?
Those who believe they deserve judgment, look for reasons to judge others, while those who have experienced Jesus’ tender mercies, look for opportunities to extend the same to the people set into their paths.
The difference in our hearts is as stark as the contrast realized between night and day.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another,” 1 John 4:7-11.
Beware the Wedges and Feathers of Doubt!
Consider a large bolder and what a formidable obstacle it presents. It is too large to move and too hard to break by almost any means.
A boulder is one of nature’s mighty foes that men can spend days and weeks trying to remove. Yet if one were to take a boulder, drill several holes in it and place in them “wedges and feathers,” they can literally split a large boulder with just a few swings of a hammer.
Now consider this, if we stand upon the rock (faith) we know that our foundation is firm.
However, if we allow doubt to enter it is like drilling holes in that rock and driving into them wedges and feathers. Each blow of the hammer drives the wedge in further until the rock eventually cracks and falls into pieces. Our once firm foundation is eventually reduced to a pile of rubble.
Rest assured, times are coming where our faith will be tested. As such it must be found to be absolute. Faith is not so much about believing the outcome as believing the One who holds it in the palm of His hand. Our faith in Him is never displaced.
The causes to doubt God must be dealt with now, before the time of trails puts our foundations to the test.
Tune-In to Hear God!
Do you remember the days of the analog radio?
I remember the feeling of turning the knob between my thumb and forefinger. I would turn until I heard something and then I would focus on honing in on the signal.
With slow and deliberate movements, I would continue moving that knob so I had it in just the right position. Only then with the broadcast come through without static or distortion.
So it is in hearing and discerning the voice of God there is a lot of static and chatter on the airwaves and wall they are audible they are nothing more than distractions keeping us from tuning in to that still small voice that comes through clearly without static or distortion.
Anyone can hear the static, in fact it’s hard not to, but only those who take the time to noon will consistently hear the voice of God.
~ Mitch Salmon