Sunday March 15, 2015 “Judging – Really?”

Matthew 7: 1-2 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
If you judge – be sure you will be judged. In context “to judge” carries with it the connotation “to condemn”. We are encouraged to make value judgments and to correct in other chapters of the Gospel but here Jesus is warning against faultfinding and condemnation of others. Often this is done without all the facts or without a realistic awareness of one’s own shortcomings. Jesus said if you are guilty of this attitude and judgment of others, expect it to come right back at you.
Welcome to Sunday Nite Edition of We are the People. We thank you for joining us and encourage you to share the story of WATP with others.
As always it is asked that you invest a minimum of 15 minutes in intercession for our nation between the hours of 6 and 9 pm (all time zones).
Please begin your time of prayer following these next 3 focus points:
     Prayer Focus #1 Pray that media in America get their facts straight and all information gathered before they share commentary that tends to divide instead of unifying our citizenry. Half truths and exaggerations are all lies. Truth brings freedom and that is what this country is supposed to be about.
Prayer Focus #2 Some take these verses and use them to justify their total acceptance and affirmation of all things.
The word of God tells us to test the fruit of things whether
they are good or bad.
Pray tonight that there be a discerning spirit in the church of Jesus Christ. That we choose to stand unswerving upon the word of God as our standard of righteousness and make our voices known.
    Prayer Focus #3 Jesus said that the Father has the final say on justifying and condemning – not man. We are not to assume the place of God – standing in judgment of others not knowing the whole story. We do wrong to usurp God’s rightful place.
Please pray tonight that Christians be wise and not pass on “hearsay” as truth or judge too quickly a situation that is not theirs to judge, for a watching world will judge us as we judge others. God also tells us to forgive and we will be forgiven. There are times we must forgive and move forward to help correct future paths instead of arguing about something that cannot be undone. “Peacemakers” are called the children of God.

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