Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 25, 2006
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
May The Lord fill this day with blessings for you and me. Todays reading from Romans is particulary relevant to my present situation. Paul has a wonderful way of putting his belief into every day experience. I don’t know the historical background or the motivation for this letter however I can assume that Paul had heard that there was conflict between his Christian brothers in Rome and the community around them. This conflict may have come from debates, arguments and anger as his Christian brothers tried to teach and convince others about the gift of God and his son Jesus Christ. Here I see the judgement by the “holy” of the “unholy”. The judgement of others who do not share their beliefs and values.
We are reminded that we cannot and should not judge those who serve another master. We can only be judged by our Master. There have been so many times in my life where I have fallen into this behaviour, both in my personal and professional life. We are surrounded by this judgemental behaviour. We see this every time we open a news paper or watch television. Most wars have their origin in this judgemental behaviour including the renewed conflict in the Middle East.
We are told, don’t judge others because of what they believe. Let God judge them. Ultimatly, God is master of all and all will stand in judgement in front of him. We must look to our own salvation. In my youth I wasted considerable energy and damaged relationships trying to make others think like me. I am still doing it but hopefully less. Jesus tells us to teach by our actions and our treatment of others not by debate or argument.
John Dickie, July 25, 2006