Saturday, September 28, 2013

DAY 497 - Who Are You to Pass Judgement on The Other? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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Today's Reading: Romans 14:1-6

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     Paul uses eleven chapters to tell those people and us that no matter who we are, Jews or gentiles, we are all sinful. What we need is transformation, real transformation. The first thing Paul talks about transformation is about how to avoid bad behaviour. Last chapter Paul talks about the only way for us to put away bad behaviour is to put on Jesus. That is not a functional word but a relational word which means we need to be with Jesus and that Jesus is Lord so that we can avoid bad behaviour. Now Paul talks about the first bad behaviour he could think of is to pass judgement on the other, especially God's servant. Paul was being judged so often and we as God's servants are being judged so often. 

Bishop N.T. Wright's says ()

       What we are dealing with in this passage is in fact the direct consequence of Paul's doctrine of justification by faith... Jews and Gentiles who believe in Jesus are welcomed equally because of Jesus' own achievement in his death and resurrection.  They are marked out solely by their belief that he is Lord, and that God raised him from the dead.  They must therefore learn to live together without looking down their noses at one another or implying for a moment that God is more pleased with one style of behaviour than with another. 

N.T. Wright. Paul for Everyone:Romans: Part 2. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p.90.

    So, looking down our noses at one another to judge other people is the first and the worst bad behaviour. Do you agree? Have you judged other people ? Have you judged God's servants, your pastor and some leaders in your church?If Jesus is your Lord, why and how can you judge God's servants? 

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe":

Spiritual Journal

    What I heard from Jesus today is: Who are you to pass judgement on the other?     

    What I got from Jesus today is a warning for all of us to stop judging one another especially judging God's servant. As God servant myself, I have been judged so often by various people. It is a very hurting experience to know that with all good intention and hardworking to help Christians to be more like Jesus, I am being judged so often in a very nasty way. And, it is even more hurting that judgement happens everywhere I know and I go. Christians just do not know that the top No. 1, the worst bad behaviour is to pass judgement on the other, especially God's servants.

   I do hope and pray you can be able to think deeply on this issue and stop judging other people especially God's servant starting today, now! If you claim that Jesus is with you each day and Jesus is Lord, then there is no way you can judge other people especially God's servants.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Lead us to be with you each day that we won't judge other people especially your servants anymore.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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