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The truth be told: A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)
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Do Not Judge.
Matthew 7:1-3 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
Its simple, when you are perfect, cast the first stone. Followers of Christ live their lives chasing after Jesus and learning to live in His truth. However one of the things we constantly fail to realize is how much we are not like Him.:
How many of us would really lay down our lives for anyone?
How many of us have mastered forgiveness?
How many of us love unconditionally?
So, how many of us are worthy or righteousness enough to judge?
Its simple, none of us. The Bible is full of ways for us to improve ourselves, yet one of the biggest stigmas on Christian culture is how judgemental we are – that we know what is best for others. In reality, the only thing we know for certain is that Christ died on the cross in the hopes that all would come to repentance and have eternal life. We also know that while he was on Earth, He spent a majority of His limited time with people, showing them the love of God and the value they have within themselves.
Chasing after Jesus means that we Christ left the Holy Spirit with us to give us power beyond our weaknesses, and being filled with the Holy Spirit is the closest to perfection that we will ever reach on earth. This not to say that we shouldn’t be held accountable, but being a Christian takes going so much furter. It takes consistent, daily transformation of our own lives. That is what our focus should be — filling our entire lives with the light of God…then we can be a beacon of light to draw all men to Him.
Proverbs 14:11 “The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.”
I came across this scripture, and it made me think about the immigration situation, particularly in the United States.
It takes at truly selfless person to understand the plight of an immigrant, especially a refugee. But to concern yourself with the oppression of others is not only a selfless thing to do, but it is one of the most Christ like. Jesus loved us so much that He took on our oppression as a price for our freedom – and all we have to do is accept Him.
We don’t have to pass a test or go through an obstacle course to get to Jesus, all we have to do is say yes. We don’t have to fill out any papers or pass some background check. He has already done all the work. He has been standing at the door, waiting to let us in. All we need to do is knock.
This Proverb stood out to me because it says the house of the wicked and then refers to the tent of the upright; and the tent made me think about refugee camps. The camps where refugees live in tents, watching as their homes are destroyed or dealing with the separation from their families. Not sure where their next meal will come from or what their next move should be.
In Matthew 25, Jesus directly identifies himself with the downtrodden: 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”
This is the measure of the final judgement before God. Sit back and think on your life: What have I don’t to people? What am I doing to aid those who are suffering? This was so important to God that Jesus repeats himself in order for there to be no confusion: Help People. That’s it. It doesn’t matter who they are or what they have done. Because it is not about them or you. It is about God’s Kingdom and pouring out the love of Jesus.
Matthew 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[c] you were doing it to me!’
Matthew 25:45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
We can only be like Christ when we learn to identify with those He also identified with. Jesus knew that he was a King, the Son of the Most High God. He knew he wasn’t merely an ordinary man by any standard, but those were His people. Jesus loved them all, and it is this unexplainable love that led Him to lay down His life in the hopes that people would be free. So why do we continue to accept excuses for oppression when we are in a place to offer freedom? Lord, I pray:
Titus 3:5 “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,”
John 6:26: “Jesus answered them and said, “Verily, verily I say unto you, ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye ate of the loaves and were filled.”
The truth be told, we don’t serve God because we love Him, but because of what we think He can do for us. Jesus said, “If you love Me keep my commandments.” The world is not impressed by your attire, the car you drive and the expensive accessories you adorn yourself in. People want to see the Jesus we serve and He has to be seen in the life we live. We cannot love God and despise one another.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Rom 14:17)
Six degrees of separation
That’s where we are
That’s where I stand, Black
In this American land
There’s no curse stronger than in a place
Covered in blood
How much longer will we bleed?
One hundred and fifty years past
My ancestors were professed free
Yet the essence of their spirit comes out of my own throat
I can’t breathe and I can’t see and I can’t be
Because we had to demand equality
Because we have to keep demanding equality
Not a hand out or a leg up or even a damn sorry
Just that the same justices afforded all
Be afforded to US
We the people, who had to sit at the back of the bus
Shackled to those ships, flesh burned and branded, cotton picked
The collar had been fit, to Jim Crow and segregation
Six degrees of separation
Between the hues of our flesh
All of which the uniforms in blue are sworn to protect
And yet, my so-called free brothers and sisters are dead
Bullets to their chest with a gun
At the hands of a promise to serve
And yet cold are the eyes of the oppressor
Whose predecessors they will boast to our redemption
But what have they really saved us from?
Or have they just changed the condition of our chains?
Because it’s clear that for too many, they never came off
The steel rustling haunts us as we live and die
Together, my brothers and sisters, of this black life