Love Notes From Our Cubicle to Yours
Sins To Avoid at all Costs
One of the sins I have to guard against the most is judging.
Judge not lest ye be judged is found in Mathew 7:1. Such a simple command, yet so hard to achieve. In my job I work with a variety of individuals that have made lifestyle choices that I personally believe are wrong so I have many opportunities to judge and get into sin in my own life.
First of all let’s look at what it means to judge. We are to judge fruits. In Matthew 7:15-20 it talks about knowing them by their fruits. We can know a fruit tree is bad because its fruit is bad. Therefore, we can discern an individual is not following the Spirit of God if their actions are bad. What we cannot judge is the person themselves or to go a little deeper. Why a person does what they do. Only God can judge the heart. We are to judge the actions.
When I meet someone who (according to my understanding of the Bible) is in sin, how am I suppose to act? As I understand the word of God, I am to love the sinner and hate the sin. I am to be a fisher of men and He is the cleanser. I used to immediately tell them what sin they were doing and that Jesus could clean them up. Most of the time, the individual would get angry and cut me off; I seldom got a second chance to talk to them. Now I love them, build a relationship with them, and when the Holy Spirit opens the door, I tell them about Jesus and how He can help us walk away from things He calls sin. Sometimes, it is a long time before that door is open, but it always opens. I’m reminded that everything needs to be in His timing not mine.
I don’t always see the results of my labors. Sometimes I build that relationship, give them the word and they move on out of my life. I could get discouraged by that but I am reminded that some plant, some water, some weed, and others harvest. I love when I get to harvest but I know that to plant, water, and weed, is also important. We all must work out our own salvation in our own time. I am so grateful to be where I have so many opportunities and I pray I don’t mess them up by judging and getting myself into sin. Friend, go do a little fishing and when you get a catch, just love them and let Jesus clean them up.
For many years, I struggled with admitting that I was wrong when I didn’t do anything wrong. “God’s ways are not man’s ways.” Men and women of God, this is something we must be aware of. We are to be kind and compassionate to each other and this is the time of year we see that the most. Be thoughtful enough to abstain from evil appearance. Married men and women should not travel or be alone with a member of the opposite sex that is not their spouse. Do not be whispering or secretive where there are others not included. I could give many more examples but you get the picture. Abstain from the appearance of evil.
These are the things I ponder on and correct in my quiet time after Christmas and at other times of the year. We have so much to celebrate! Our Savior made a way for us when we could not make a way for ourselves. “We love Him because He first loved us.” Let’s make Him proud of us. I tell everyone that I am His favorite. You can be too if you want.
Pastor Lynn Darnell
Jesus told us in Matthew that we are to be fishers of men. What exactly does that mean to you? I would like to share my opinion. First of all, I believe our job is to bring others to Christ. We do that by living a Godly lifestyle in front of them, by sharing the Word of Christ as principles to live by, and certainly by loving them. It is not our job to clean the fish. Jesus does that Himself and is much better than we are. We are not to be judgmental or critical about the decisions they make or the issues they have. Too often we scare or offend people by our disappointment that they don’t do things the way we think they should. As a result, they jump off the hook and we lose them.
II Timothy 2:24 – 26. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gently to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Be Blessed Pastor Lynn