Focus on the Family & Friends-Part-1

After long contemplation and inner battle, I got convicted to write something that might help us to persevere in loving/serving our family. As I write, It’s me who is fighting this battle first. I hope you may be able to relate, learn and live.

Stay home, Stay Safe, Be the Church. (Lockdown Situation) This is an effective way to be safe from the COVID-19.
We are focusing on ‘being the church’ at home. This lockdown has given us a wonderful opportunity to be at home and spend time with our family. Many of us are away from our biological families yet we have plenty of time to get connected to them as well. Praise God for the internet and media.  As we spend plenty of good times with family, we will also go through some hard times as well. So, what should we do? The simple and best answer would be to apply the gospel to ourselves.

Mathew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Stop Judging. (2 Words)
That’s easy to say. It’s not nice to hear from my siblings/parents/spouse/others. It’s much harder to do. We are quick to judge. THE TRUTH IS THAT YOU WON’T STOP JUDGING OTHERS UNTIL YOU STOP SEEING YOURSELF AS A MEASURE/STANDARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. I must confess that I am resistant to the idea that I am self-righteous. This itself is a self-righteous response. I know you feel and respond the same way. We are overly critical towards someone, while softer to others.

The command “do not judge” is not a call to stop honest evaluations about others.  That means to stop being too critical and having a condemning attitude that determines some of our thoughts, words and actions towards someone. Jesus tells us not to judge this way. It could be our family members, colleagues, church family, friends or even strangers. It is very clear that ‘do not judge’ means don’t do it. THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE THE TRUE JUDGEMENT AND REAL MERCY AND GRACE THAT WAS SHOWN ON THE CROSS. The existing judgement of the world is unrighteous, corrupted and not merciful. We see in James 4:11-12  Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbour?

Jesus tells us that this corrupt kind of judgement has no place in the life of his followers. We all know what it means to extend mercy and grace instead of judgement. Because we have experienced it. Our experience of the gospel should compel us to demonstrate the gospel by living it out through our life. It is liberating when we do it.

Here is a good test for yourself:
Are you merciful? Are you compassionate? Are you forgiving? Do you gravitate towards giving people what you believe they deserve? How do you receive people who are hostile to the gospel?

LET THE GOSPEL COMPEL YOU TO LIVE BY GRACE AND DEMONSTRATE IT TO THOSE AROUND YOU.

Stop Judging! Start Loving!!

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