You. Yeah, you. I’m talking to you. You can’t judge me.
Ever want to say it, but don’t. Me too. But I am reminded that there is only One Judge, and He is just, wise, merciful, and kind. I may not be able to fight the battle, but I know He valiantly fights on my behalf. More than this, I know that He keeps my heart in check when the desire is to strike out and defend myself.
2 Corinthians 4 reminds me of these things…how God is doing a wonderful work in me for His glory…
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
and then there’s this from 2 Corinthians 5
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
So God reminds me that He is all about restoration and intimate communion with His creation. You see He does not leave us as orphans. He comes to our rescue. He does not leave us as we are. He is the Balm of Gilead. He is Healer, Restorer, Lover, Father, Lord, Friend, and Forgiver. When we come to know Him, no other voices matter. When we come to know Him, He has the final word in our lives. When we come to know Him, it changes our destiny. We are refined by Him and made to walk in newness of life. Our life becomes a testament of God’s goodness, love, mercy, and forgiveness in our lives.
So here’s what up. God, because of the sacrifice of Christ, no longer holds our sin and trespasses against us. The Psalmist said “s far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). There is hope in Him. He no longer sees the sin, but the blood of Jesus now atoning for our sins. What a relief!
So, no. You can’t judge me. I cannot judge you. We will all give an account in the end. I don’t want to waste my life plotting revenge, or getting back, or engaging in tit-for-tat foolishness. It is a waste of energy, time, and life purpose. I will let God be God, and I will be His child. I will love Him, love others, and do what His word says.
His grace (purchased by the spilled blood of Jesus) is more than enough to cover the multitude of your sin, my sin, and the sin of the world.
These are the ramblings in my head today. What does God want me to know? What does God want you to know? Remember grace. Remember the One to whom you belong. Remember that you are no longer bound to the things of this world. You are His child—beloved and forgiven, chosen and accepted. You can leave it to God to take care of those who have harmed you, hurt you, or offended you. It is the Word of Christ that brings life to your soul. We no longer have to be a slave to what others think, say, or believe about us. We are forever precious in God’s eyes. No one and nothing can ever take that away from us. (Romans 8).
Keep forgiveness in your heart. Don’t hold grudges or think ill will towards others. Don’t fear the discipline of God. Let God be God. He is and always will be your Valiant Warrior.
Now go live in real freedom.