NO JUDGMENT by MARSHA BURNS:
What I like most about the Internet and email is that we don’t see each other. Often, I know people by name only. I can’t see what color their skin is. I don’t know if they are short or tall, fat or skinny, attractive or not by current standards. I don’t see what they are wearing. I don’t know if they are rich or poor nor do I know their level of education or employment. I can’t see their defects. I usually don’t know if they are single, married, separated, divorced, or widowed. I don’t know religious or political affiliation. I only know things about them that they choose to share with me. How liberating!
Small Straws word: It is time to become aware of your subconscious judgments. Pay attention to thoughts that just pop up that categorize people and assign a value either above or below where you think you are. My love is the same for all people regardless of race, gender or stature. I do not look at your outward appearance or worldly achievements, I only see your spirit and your heart. John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
What we see or know about other people may be dim or relatively non-existent, but that might be the best way to keep us from judging them. The Scriptures warn us about making judgments, which is a function of sowing and reaping.
Luke 6:37 “Judge not and you shall not be judged. Condemn not and you shall not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.”
We will be judged by how we treat others. We live in a world of division and contention because people judge one another by their own standards. Prejudice prevails because we tend to believe that where we are and what we have spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, religiously, politically, or ideologically is superior. But I say to all of us that when we stand in the presence of God, none of that will matter.
We can love because God loves us.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Love is the most important spiritual standard of every generation. When we know God and have His Spirit, we will produce the evidence in our lives manifesting as the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23a But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Let’s grow some fruit!
February 20, 2021. Keep your mind occupied with Me. If not with Me, keep it on other good things. A mind left to wander can get caught up in thoughts that are not good. Don’t allow yourself to get bored. You can find good and godly projects in which to involve yourself. Doing things which are creative is good for you. Spend time thinking and in prayer, seeking to do that which is good for you, your family and good for others.
Philippians 4:8-9 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Bev Robinson
February 20, 2021. Be watchful how you live outside your home. You never want to exhibit some type of behavior that would be a stumbling block to someone. Just because I have given you the liberty to do something in the privacy of your home, doesn’t mean it’s proper to do so in public. Discretion sometimes seems to be a lost art. Live wisely and uprightly. Live in a way that exalts Me and My kingdom in all you do.
Ephesians 5:15 (TPT) “So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for His purposes.” Kevin Robinson
February 20, 2021. There are always several perspectives of the situations and circumstances around you. Do you see these things from the perspective of a world that does not know Me or do you see events according to My Word? Do you see yourself as lucky or unlucky…or do you see yourself blessed “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us?” My plan is to bless you in every situation.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB) “’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jonas Bohlin