Hello. I’ve been reading in Romans and 2 Kings.
In Romans 14, I read in verse 4 that we are not supposed to judge someone else. This is talking about someone’s servant here specifically but I believe we can use it for anyone really.
What caught my eye is that we are told the master decides if the servant is doing well or not. The master decides. If we apply this to God, and I am sure that we are supposed to, then God is the only one who can judge, or decide. So so interesting. And I know that God is judge and that I am not supposed to judge people, but the thing that struck me this time is the master decides. So there is a sliding scale, depending on who you are and where you are in your walk with God. Only God knows where you are on that scale and whether you are improving or sliding back. Whoa!!!
Romans 14 later talks about how to please God. I love lists like this because it makes it easy for me to follow. Verses 16-18 say:
1. Live right with God
3. Joy in the Holy Spirit
Verse 18, which is right after this list says, “Anyone who serves Christ by living his way is pleasing God and will be accepted by other people.” So we please God and others when we live right with God, have peace, and are joyful.
One question that arises is how do we exactly live right with God? The only way to know is by reading all of his instructions about life in the Bible. So #1 on the list is a very big number one. It takes wanting to know, reading, and asking God to help you understand.
In 2 Kings I have been reading about Josiah, my favorite king of Judah. He was eight years old when he became king and ruled 31 years. I was reading about his sons and stuff and did a little math. It looks like he was age 14 and 16 when his sons were born who became kings? Wow, unless my math is wrong, which it so very well could be. It is in chapter 22 if you want to read and calculate it out. Let me know if my calculations are wrong-ola!
In 2 Kings 24 I read where God would not forgive their sins. He is talking about the people of Judah. In the new testament we are told in a few places where God will not forgive us or what will happen if we don’t forgive others.
Matthew 6:15 But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.
Someone may look like they are living right but secretly be harboring unforgiveness to someone. This is sin no one else can see. We know that we are saved by faith by believing in Jesus. Believing that he is fully God and fully man, that he lived a perfect life and died with all of the blame put upon him. Believing that he conquered death by rising again and is alive today. We who believe this will live again with him. When we get there (to everlasting life with God) we can be clean of sin or have sin that has not been forgiven. We still get to heaven, but while we lived we were warned that God will not forgive sins if we haven’t forgiven others. Sooooo, I would rather deal with the sin here and now and show up in heaven with a clean slate, than to hold a grudge and enter God’s glory with unforgiven sin. The verse in Matthew 18:35 is at the end of the story of what God will do to us with that unforgiven sin.
LORD, help me to recognize sin in my life and please forgive me for it. Help me to recognize anything I may hold against anyone else, remind me of it and help me to forgive others. Thank you for making me clean. I love you Lord, and I am looking forward to heaven very much.