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Are You Playing Judge

 

ARE YOU PLAYING JUDGE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brothers’ way.

Romans 14:12-13 NKJV

 

If the truth sets us free, why are some Christians still in bondage? Christ’s death and resurrection broke the power of Satan, sin, and death. Some of us still carry a ball and chain around our legs.

I never considered myself legalistic. That described those who condemned me for wearing pants, cutting my hair, and wearing jewelry.

Then came one of our coldest winters. Even with my warm-natured blood, my wardrobe consisted of flannel shirts and flannel-lined jeans. One Saturday evening, we faced attending church the next morning in single digit temperatures. Would Jesus really mind if I wore my flannel-lined jeans to church?

I posted that question on Facebook, and the comments were astonishing. Most people noted that God looks on our hearts and not at our clothes. Coming in as the second most popular answer was the many ladies who regularly wear jeans to church.

I dress up when I go to church because I am going to see the King. As children, we always dressed in our Sunday best for church, but here was an entire generation who had no problems wearing jeans to worship.

Romans chapter 14 might sound archaic at first but take some time and study it. Look at another translation (another ball and chain we drag around).

While Paul wrote to the Romans about eating meat and observing holy days, we could replace those words with the things that bind us today, such as dress, length of hair, and reading other translations of the Bible.

Yes, there are certain outfits you should not wear to church. Some clothing should not be worn anywhere by Christians. Modesty is the key. Also, certain translations of God’s Word are blasphemous, but overall, we are enslaving ourselves.

Furthermore, we judge those who don’t do as we do. God is our judge. I may have convictions about what I wear to worship, but I have crossed the line when I place my convictions on others.

Forgive me for judging you because you did not share my convictions. I wore my flannel jeans! Denim did not interfere with my worship, but you will rarely find me in anything other than a dress or skirt at church. I pray I will never pass judgment on your fashion statement again.

This passage is not so much about dress or food. It is about Christian liberty, the law of love. My convictions are simply that -my convictions, not your convictions.

Examine yourself. Are you dragging around a ball and chain from which Christ has set you free? Are you placing your convictions on others? Prayerfully ponder these questions.

Lord Jesus, thank You for setting us free. Help us realize when we bind ourselves. Convict us about judging others. Forgive us. In the name of Christ, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Romans 14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

After reading Romans 14, ask the Lord to reveal the truth to you, applying it to your heart.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Peace With God

PEACE WITH GOD

 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God

Through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Rom. 1:5 (NKJV)

Isn’t it encouraging for Christians, those who are “justified by faith”, to be at peace with God? After salvation, we are no longer His enemies. Verse 10 of the same chapter tells us, “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Colossians 1:20, speaking of Jesus, states, “having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

Not only are we no longer His enemies, but peace with God also gives Christians a peace in their hearts. Jesus told the disciples in the upper room, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus explained that they had “His peace” before they faced the hardest trial of their lives, His death. When the world rages around us, we have “His peace”. We are not at war with God and we have the same peace that Jesus gave the disciples. Notice that His peace is not like the peace of the world. It is a divine peace.

If you’re not feeling peace, ask yourself a few questions. Am I truly saved? Am I appropriating His peace? Pray and ask God to let you feel His peace. Thanks be to Jesus Christ for dying so we can have peace with god Thanks for rising to continually give us peace in our hearts.

Dear heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your gift of Jesus Christ so that we can be at peace with You. Help me to always feel Your peace in my heart even while the world around me is anything but peaceful. In Jesus name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Col.1:20-21.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Is there anything in your life that you don’t have peace about? Continue to pray about that issue until it has been resolved.

Copyright 2012 Carolyn Dale Newell.