Wednesday, April 6, 2016

agree with God

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

Two words come to mind when I think about agreeing with God on most subjects.  Both have much to do with my heart.  Both are in the vocabulary of what is known as “Christian Ease” or the language and words that we throw around often.

The first word is AMEN.  It literally means, “so be it”, yet it fits in my mind and heart a little better with a definition or synonym of “agree”.  At the end of a pray, at the right point in a sermon or some other appropriate times, people say the word “amen” to add their approval or agreement.

The second word is one you might not expect.  It is the word REPENT.  This word means, “to turn and go the other way”.  It is to confess to some truth and make a deliberate change.  When we repent spiritually, we confess wrongdoing and commit to do things differently or not to do certain things. 

Maybe you have been where I have at times.  It is when God speaks to my heart.  Often it is difficult to deal with and would be easiest to bury it, not respond and to keep on.  But that is not what God desires.  It is not what will give God glory with my life.

It is easy to see the mistakes of others and to get angry about them.  It is easier to see the wrong others perpetrate than to see the wrong that I do and continue doing.  Yet to be where God wants me to be and to be who God made me to be requires humility and truth.  It leads me to repent.  It leads me to say amen and agree with what God says.

My heart is often torn by the wickedness of this world and the bad things people do and say.  To see people hurt, especially those I care about, is so tough, but for me to be angry about the words or actions of others and to overlook mine is totally wrong.

That is why I will agree with God.  That is why I will cherish people and build them up.  That is why I will say no to bitterness, yes to confession and do all I can give God all the glory. 

Removing the piece of wood from my eye is much easier in the long run than removing the sawdust from some one else’s eye.  When God speaks, listen and respond.  That is to repent and do something different.  It will make a huge difference, for you and for others!

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