The Freedom of Unconditional Love – The Destructiveness of a Critical Spirit - Wednesday, April 25th

The Freedom of Unconditional Love – The Destructiveness of a Critical Spirit - Wednesday, April 25th

Therefore you have no excuse, every one of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:1-4

Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand …. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God …. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this--not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way …. So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another …. The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. Romans 14:4,10,13,19,22

Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not hrow your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Matthew 7:1-6

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

Making the inner disconnect from the powerful impact of negative people in our lives is vital, but there is another disconnect that is very important as well. The words and messages of others with their negative impact often become a part of our own vocabulary of self. Our view of ourselves is filled with the verbiage of these negative people. If we only had a “spell check” like function that could search out and delete all such words and messages wherever they have become lodged in the recesses of our minds and hearts. Ah, but we do – the Holy Spirit of God is willing and waiting to lead the way and to help us root out and jettison these terrible, harmful, unwanted tools of destruction.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I give to you all the hurt I have experienced from others and I express my sorrow for all the hurt I have inflicted on others. So much unnecessary hurt and it is all rooted in our failure to abide in your unconditional love. I realize how prone we are to operating from a basis of conditional love which leads to critical, judgmental spirits and extremely harmful words and messages. Holy Spirit come to me and root out every destructive thing that has become lodged in the recesses of my mind and heart. Wash over me with your unconditional love so that I am healed and so that I no longer pass along my hurt to others. Amen!

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