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judge or love?

April 15, 2013

As someone who has grown up in the church I have seen all my life how so many conduct themselves as though they have the anointing of John the Baptist. They want to preach, “Repent!” to everyone they come in contact with.  I have watched as people get beaten over the head as they’re told what horrible sinners they are. That does NOT draw people to the Father. Jesus didn’t act like that. He met others where they were. Take for example the Samaritan woman at the well. She was living with a man. Jesus ate with tax collectors and other sinners. I can’t believe He ate in silence, giving disdainful, judgmental looks to each person. I believe He entered into their lives, loved, and accepted them just as they were right then. Judgment would not have drawn Mary Magdalene from prostitution to following Jesus. Judgment would not have drawn the Samaritan woman into a conversation with Him. There was something about this Man that drew her in. She was thirsty for the Answer that He truly was. There should be so much of the Truth in our lives from a genuine, growing relationship with Him and from being consistently in the Bible that we make people realize they’re thirsty. Do you judge or love the people around you?

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2 Comments
  1. angel lollar permalink

    I think that we are to do both. Paul talks about judging in 1 Corinthians chapters5 and 6. We are to judge the believer’s sin in love. 1 Cor. 6:9 (We better make sure that we are not in that same sin!) God is to judge the unbeliever. Hugs, Angel

  2. Good point, Angel. I should have made it more clear, but I was referring to being judgmental and critical. It is difficult for me to see some who think they are better than others and look down their noses on them. I so appreciate your comments!

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