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Love Others; Judge Not
“Owe no one anything except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘A person shall not commit adultery, A person shall not murder, A person shall not steal, A person shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Let’s talk about love.
Love is a four letter word that can either be taken for granted, not meant when said or the most meaningful thing in the world for a person. Now, let’s talk about homosexuals, of all sorts. Not too many people actually want to keep reading, but hear me out. We learn, as Christians, to love our neighbor as ourself. It is actually a commandment. However, there are far too many Christians who do not follow that commandment as they should, particularly, in connection to the LGBTQ community. Are they not still people? Do they not still possess the natural and normal human emotions, like love, loss, envy, sadness, emptiness, happiness, and so on? Why does a person judge them because they have feelings for a person that the person does not think they should not have emotions for? God taught us to love. End of story. So, condemning a person is the same as condemning yourself:
“Therefore, you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man – you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself – that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead a person to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”
Not exactly homosexually, but some sort of sexual immorality that was not completely washed clean, or hate, or and other range of reasons or emotions for why a person feels like a person needs to judge another. This goes far beyond being anti-homosexual, these are feelings deep inside that need healing. Broken people tend to lash out at others because of their brokenness, thus judging, criticizing, and complaining about others. The best thing a broken person can do is to be open to reminders about how much God loves them. If there is a righteous reason for their complaint, they should pray to God about how to fix said situation, then do it. Every little inconvenience in a person’s life can be brought to God, and He, creator of all, will orchestrate how it is to be fixed. Pray to Him and he will lead His people out of the deepest waters and the worst Hell – on – Earth situation they can find themselves in.
I know this is what He did for me, and I am getting better for it. He made me stronger, in so many ways. Leaning on God gave me back the “play button” for my life, and He gave me the power to push it in my own time. When a person is one of God’s fruit, He will let you ripen, before He cuts you off. For me, I have a long way to fully ripen. I do judge others. I do complain. However, I do also pray, and I listen, and I am working towards better, more healthy relationships with people, and I am trying, ever so much, to use that wisdom that he has bestowed on me to make the best choices for me and my boys, that I can possibly make. So, I might have been away from this blog for a while. I may have distanced myself from my friends, but, God has His hand on me and my family, and I know, He will never remove it. Originally, this post was about treating the LBGTQ community with love and respect, but, really, we need to treat all people will love and respect. And if they do not return the love and respect you give them, just keep going with it, and, well, eventually, they should, in turn, return the love and respect you sent them.
Thank you for redirecting my path, and setting an article in the newspaper that had a headline that called for my attention. Thank you for leading me back to you and back to this blog. Thank you for orchestrating my life, and giving me time to heal and breath before taking me back into the deep. Thank you for friends and family who have helped me through this rough time. Thank you for loving me and for me to feel your love, so deeply, before all of this became this. Dear Lord, I pray over all who are broken, that they may so very deeply feel your love for them. Please, express to them your love for all people, and please bless them with reminders that you sent your one and only son to die on the cross for all of our sins. That anyone who confesses with their mouth and accepts you in their heart is saved, and their sins have been washed clean. I pray that people read this to the end. Thank you, Lord.
In Jesus Name, I Pray,