*Should we cease our own unwarranted, condemning attitude of “wrath” toward others? Perhaps we conjure up such wrath and judgment against others because we ourselves have guilt in our own hearts for our own un-confessed sin? (Romans 2:1-3) “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, SLOW TO WRATH: 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19-20)
What does true love look like when we are possessed by it through a real relationship with Him who has had infinite mercy upon our own wicked souls?
“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:7-8
If you have unwarranted wrath against a brother or sister in Christ, you will be severed from His eternal kingdom and vanquished into the bowels of eternal fire:
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.” James 5:7-9
The LORD sees the thoughts and attitudes of our innermost being. No attitude is hid from Him (Proverbs 15:3). For a changed life that glorifies God, memorize this:
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-34 ANY QUESTIONS??
HOW ABOUT NOW?
“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” James 4:11-12
TEST YOURSELF: Do you compassionately cover the sins of other believers in a prayerful attempt to see them restored to their rightful, abiding relationship with Christ? OR, do you jump at the self-serving opportunity to sooth your own depraved, unrepentant heart by condemning them? – “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but LOVE COVERETH ALL SINS.” (Proverbs 10:12)
HERE’S THE CRUX REASON PEOPLE WRONGLY CONDEMN OTHERS:
“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6Who will render to every man according to his deeds:” Romans 2:1-6
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