Thursday, June 30, 2011

Judge Not…

Luke 6:35-37  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind to the unthankful and to the evil.  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.   Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Matthew 7:3, Luke 6:41  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night.  Those verses cover several things I’ve been thinking about, recently.  And I thought I’d share that today.

I’ve been reading “The Winners’ Manual” by Jim Tressel, off and on.  I never seem to find time for more than small chunks.  The book is sort of a life manual, based on the manual he used for training his football players to be both the best and to be well rounded, taught around Biblical principles.  It’s a very good book with lots of great quotes to chew on.  Any of you who are sports fans in the United States know that Jim’s last job was as head football coach at Ohio State University.  And there was an issue with players taking improper rewards, which caused coach Tressel to resign.  The reactions and a church split I’ve witnessed brought the above verses to mind.

After Jim Tressel’s resignation, I heard all sorts of reactions.  Some said he should resign because of the wrong he allowed.  Others suggested that his Christianity was a sham.  A few were sympathetic.  And I’m not sure any of that applies.  I’ve never claimed to be sufficiently omniscient to judge situations like that.  So, I’m wondering how others feel they know enough.  It could very well be that the sponsors who inappropriately rewarded certain players did so without Jim’s knowledge.  Jim publicly apologized and resigned, but the thought behind that could very well have been “I didn’t know about it, but it happened on my watch.  And I’m the leader in charge.  So, the principles of leadership that I live by dictate I take full responsibility for what happened.”  And, if he did know about the situation, let it slide, and repented later, what should I respond like as a Christian?

The statements in Luke 6:35-37 are Jesus’ own words.  As is verse 41.  If I’m  going to be Christ-like in my attitudes and thoughts , I’d better heed them.  The verse in Revelation is a reminder where accusations against fellow Christians come from.  Ephesians 4:26  tells us, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”  I can’t hold onto the thoughts that separate me from my brethren.  Ephesians 4 has more on the solution.  I’ll let the verses speak for themselves.

Ephesians 4:23-24  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:27  Neither give place to the devil.

Ephesians 4:29-32  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.


Our newest prayer need is for Coby, a missionary in India, as she undergoes open heart surgery.  And we continue to pray for Dana and her family, Mindy, Scott, Russ, Columbia, Jimmy and Betty, Curtis, Peggy, Joyce, and Libby.

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