Sadly many Christians are liars! They lie when they pretend like they love people when in fact they do not!
We do not love people when we dismiss and discount their story, their hopes, their beliefs, their values or their convictions.
If we truly love people then we will find them fascinating and stop judging and condemning. Some believers justify judging and condemning because they are judging the one who has been judging. Instead judging and condemning our words, deeds, and actions should radiate affection and love.
Everyone can tell when they are not truly loved. During this Christmas session instead of judging and condemning others let’s look for ways to show true love to those around us.
“As Christians, we should be living godly lives so that we can first concentrate on our own repentance of sin. Sanctification is a lifelong process of being transformed every day into the image of Christ. Without this, we have no place in helping another brother or sister. What Christ teaches His believers in Matthew 7 is that if we ourselves are not personally repenting of our sins, we are in no place to tell others how sinful they are acting. But the Bible does tell us to preach the gospel—and part of the gospel message is that people are sinners in need of salvation.” ~ Ken Ham
It is important to note that there are times that we as believers should judge but the Bible does tell us not to judge hastily—without sufficient evidence. We shouldn’t judge without having diligently investigated the facts. Proverbs 29:20 says, “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” The Apostle Paul upholds the same standard in the church in 1 Timothy 5:19.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
“Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
John 13:35, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
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