By: Eglaide Seiber-Barroso –
“Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV). When I read this verse during my morning time with the LORD, I heard this next thought as HE ministered to me: “About yourself, about others, so you may have compassion and humility whenever you feel hurt, mistreated, rejected, and despised.”
The word from Jeremiah above and the bold remarks below it are to minister to the hearts of those reading this article as it has ministered to me. Sometimes, we jump in the judgment wagon with criticism as our driving force because we have scars from judgmental systems operating our motives. It is only when Jesus Christ becomes a living organism inside of us through the Word of God that we recognize we all have sinned against God’s will for our lives. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV).
“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession” (Psalm 2:8 KJV).
Through HIS love and Compassion, God, The Father in Heaven, brings us back to His Kingdom, not so we can become judges of others through self-righteousness, but to equip us as His warriors and messengers of the Gospel of Love.
We can’t be effective for the Kingdom of God when we forget our own frailties and focus on the frailties of others. The Word of God teaches us to care for others as we would want to be cared for. “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39 KJV). That means we hurt our spiritual growth if we are judgmental towards others. Grace is not about closing our eyes to our sins or the sins of others. But the belief system operates our very being, making us sin not against our brothers and ourselves.
“No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and your heart so you may obey it” (Deuteronomy 30:14 NIV).
Note that the Word of God, Jesus Christ, is near and in our mouth and heart that enables us to obey, and the lack of Him disables us to live the abundant life God intends us to have. So, OBEDIENCE is a clear sign that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is alive and well inside of us. Let’s teach and live, JESUS!