Few days ago, I ‘re-watched’ a movie I had seen sometime ago. A choir coordinator had lured his fiancee into fornication and subsequently to abort a pregnancy which led to her death. The brother still gave a powerful exhortation at the fiancee’s wake service. No one knew what went down prior the lady’s death. There were two engaged members of a church who were involved in fornication, had aborted a pregnancy once before and the lady was pregnant again and were contemplating aborting that one too. They were deeply moved by the exhortation the choir coord had given that they decided to open up and confess their sins to him. I was particularly shocked at the way this choir coord lashed out at them. He said they were a disgrace to the body of Christ. And when they asked him what he thought they should do, he told them they must keep the pregnancy and be ready to face the shame which he had tried to dodge. He knew the truth in theory but didn’t apply it to his own situation. Good thing is that he later confessed his sins.
You must have seen me write on different occasions that God is speaking to me just like He is speaking to you through my writings. I have gotten spanked a number of times by the messages I have been given. I am usually the first recipient of the message before I share with others.
You know that as human beings we have the tendency to see the bad in others and to think that we are perfect. We are usually quick to castigate others when we ourselves are guilty of the very same things. I wonder why we normally go blind to our own faults and are quick to judge others. (I guess most of us are suffering from long sightedness. Or what do you think?)
Anyway, remove the log in your eyes first so that you can see clearly to remove the speck. He says we should not judge so that we won’t be judged. This is what our Lord Jesus Christ recommends.
Still on the Book of Romans, here is the focal Scripture for today:
You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge everyone according to what they have done. (Romans 2:1-6 NLT)
This is a call to check ourselves and repent of the negative things we are engaged in that could lead to our condemnation by the accuser of the brethren. God loves us. There is no stain of sin too thick for The Blood of Jesus to wash off. That sinner you are placing judgement upon today is also a potential recipient of salvation just like you.
Before you point an accusing finger at someone else, be sure to check with The Holy Spirit If you are qualified to examine that person.
Doctor, go heal yourself first.
~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola