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I love the first verse. For some reason that verse brings me comfort when I feel like I have done nothing wrong. I feel like this verse will help lots of goody two shoes like me who feel like they haven't made a mistake but they are being tortured.
"When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God’s law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no, right and wrong. Their response to God’s yes and no will become public knowledge on the day God makes his final decision about every man and woman. The Message from God that I proclaim through Jesus Christ takes into account all these differences."I believe that God is saying that judgement is justified because God knows all of our imperfections. God knows us inside and out so He has the right to judge our sins because He is a perfect and sovereign God.
"So do you think that you can judge those other people? You are wrong. You too are guilty of sin. You judge them, but you do the same things they do. So when you judge them, you are really condemning yourself.God judges all who do such things, and we know his judgment is right."It takes one to know one. I believe this verse is a great wake up verse for us who are judgers. We all judge others from time to time. But we are not sovereign the way God is, we have no right to judge other people. Thats God's job.
"And since you do the same things as those people you judge, surely you understand that God will punish you too. How could you think you would be able to escape his judgment? And since you do the same things as those people you judge, surely you understand that God will punish you too. How could you think you would be able to escape his judgment?"I love how the message explains verse 4. It says that "God is kind but not soft. In kindness He takes us firmly by hand and leads us into a radical life-change." He has no reason to forgive us but He does. But He has the right and power to judge us if that makes sense.
"If you go against the grain, you get splinters, regardless of which neighborhood you’re from, what your parents taught you, what schools you attended. But if you embrace the way God does things, there are wonderful payoffs, again without regard to where you are from or how you were brought up. Being a Jew won’t give you an automatic stamp of approval. God pays no attention to what others say (or what you think) about you. He makes up his own mind."I believe these verses are saying that if you aren't a Christian, no matter how good you are, you will be punished in the end. Its hard to wrap your head around that God is a loving God yet He sends His children to hell. But we have to believe God has a plan and a purpose.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying,
Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.I love this verse due to the fact that we are free from judgement of the world.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”We don't need to worry about the world. He has already overcome the world for us.
Our identity is in Christ. Not in the things we own or do, its in our faith.
Truly if we aren't hated, we are doing something wrong.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.