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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.

Resurrection Sunday

RESURRECTION SUNDAY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day

According to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV

Resurrection Sunday, Easter…the day our Savior rose from the grave to give us life, but that’s not the end of the story. No, there’s more. He’s coming again and very soon! So I ask you, what does this day mean to you?

Is it an ordinary day? Is it the only day of the year you go to church? Is it just another holiday to gather with family and friends? Is it a day of bunnies and hiding Easter eggs? Nothing wrong with the kids having an Easter egg hunt, but do they know the true meaning of Easter?

What is the significance of Christ’s resurrection? Heaven and hell are real places, and you will spend eternity in one or the other. Jesus loves you, and He died and rose so those who trust in Him will have eternal life.

If you are going to heaven, you will celebrate His resurrection today and every day. You will live for Him, not yourself. Will you be perfect? Not hardly, but that will be your desire. You will hate sin, and you will desire holiness. You will want to go to church. You will want to read His Word, and you will long to spend time with Him in prayer.

Good news! If you don’t think you are saved and going to heaven, you can pray asking God to forgive you and save you. If you are genuine, you’ll see a change in your life. You will hate the things you once loved, and you will love the things you once hated.

I know! I thought I was saved, but it was easy believism. I didn’t live for God, nor did I care to live for Him. That all changed at age 33 when He saved me. Don’t wait another day! It may never come!

Father,

I am a sinner, and I hate it. No longer do I want to live this life of rebellion against You. I repent of my sins. I need salvation and I ask You to forgive me, save me, cleanse me, and help me live a holy life. In the name of Jesus, the One who died for me. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 20:1-23.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Are you saved? Are you completely sure you will enter heaven’s gates when you die? If so, praise Him and fulfill the Great Commission by telling someone about Jesus today.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.