DAILY REFLECTION: CONDEMN NOT – TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2021.

TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2021.
THEME: CONDEMN NOT
PASSAGE: LUKE 6: 37-42
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 7:2 “For with whatever judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again.”
HYMN: MHB 389 (L.M.)– GREAT God, indulge my humble claim.
MESSAGE
Condemnation is very common in our society. It is even more outstanding among politicians, businessmen and women, and even among spiritual leaders. But the Lord says, Judge not and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned (Luke 6:37-38). Censor not men’s persons, and judge not their state. Do not condemn people’s every misdeed or because they differ in principle, lest you should be treated in the same manner by others, especially, lest you also should come under the censor of Almighty God, and you should fall under His judgment and condemnation.
Forgive offences and trespasses committed against you; bear with others, let injuries or affronts pass by, and you also shall be forgiven by God.
There is a Yoruba adage, “You see another person’s back, it is other people that see your own back”. Jesus Christ urges us to deal with our own sins, before pointing accusing fingers at others. He wants us to repent and ask God to give us an honest evaluation of ourselves before evaluating others.
Here are some relevant Bible verses about condemnation:
i. “Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up” (Isaiah 50:9).
ii. “The Lord has taken away thy judgments; He hath cast out thine enemy; the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee; thou shalt not see evil any more” (Zeph. 3:15).
iii. “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world”. (1Cor.11:32).
iv. “Beloved, if our hearts condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God”. (1John 3:21).
v. “Therefore, there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”. (Romans 8:1).
PRAYER: Father, help me to always hold my tongue, so that I will not judge others, that I may not be judged or be condemned too, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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