Saturday, March 27, 2021

Foundational Truths: Eternal Judgment 2

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1 Corinthians 4:5 (NET) So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition from God.

Before Sean believed in the Lord Jesus, he used to be very vengeful and would repay every evil for evil. That was actually what got him into prison. He stabbed a friend who tried to defraud him of a lot of money.

But after Sean accepted the Lord Jesus, he now understood that no one would escape the judgment of God, and judging a matter before the time was not wise.

When a Christian pronounces death upon his enemies because he is hurt by their actions, he has judged that enemy and has not waited for the Lord's judgment. I am convinced that Saul would have not had the opportunity to become Apostle Paul if Stephen had taken justice into his hands and used his spiritual authority to declare judgment on those who were responsible for his execution. Again, our Lord teaches us that when we judge people, we expose ourselves to the same standards of judgment we have used (see Matthew 7:2). For example, If a believer pronounces death on a person because they stole his phone, the day he would do something similar or equal to stealing a phone (knowingly or unknowingly), the accuser of brethren can use that as a basis to demand his death.

Go into today remembering that God is the judge of the living and the dead. No one can escape His judgment, and His judgment is most just and righteous. An understanding of this truth would deliver you from the need to hate your enemies. They actually need your love and mercy. Their judgment is sure if they don't repent.

Prayer: Lord, help me live in the light of eternity. 
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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