We are not to judge. Not the beliefs, or actions of any other. We must evaluate all of that which is part of our surroundings and life in order to discern if we are living according to God or according to the flesh. If we find ourselves continually tempted to act in ways that do not align with what we know to be God’s idea of right, then it is our responsibility to change something to reduce the frequency of those temptations. Notice I said reduce – not eliminate. Temptations will always be present in this life. Only in Heavin, in Gods perfect light, will we be truly free from the snare of temptation.
If there are areas of your life that you KNOW are wrong, start today to prune them back and away from yourself.
If you don’t know how- reach out to someone who has had a similar experience & come away successful. Sometimes we don’t know, or think we don’t know, or simply don’t know that we DO know someone who has struggled like we are struggling. But I promise you – someone HAS!!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!
If you are doing something you don’t believe is wrong, but EVERYONE around you says it’s bad, evaluate ‘it.’ Ask yourself these four questions:
- Am I hurting myself?
- Am I hurting others?
- Does the Bible say it is a Sin?
- Do I feel bad about it?
- Be careful with this this one.
- Be honest with yourself.
- This is where we often use justification, blaming or denial to make ourselves feel ok with our actions – even if we shouldn’t be ok with them.
If the answer to all of those is no, then it’s probably NOT sinful or wrong. God tried to protect us from this knowledge, but Eve’s sin resulted in us owning the double edged sword of the knowledge of good and evil. In each one of us an an ingrained natural sense of right and wrong. Whether we choose to acknowledge this inner voice is our choice – known as free will.
Now I’m not saying that if the answer to all 4 of these questions is ‘no’ then it’s fine. I CAN’T say this because Romans 14:10 says: “You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” 14:19 gives us clear directions for these situations: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and help each other become stronger Christians.”
When we are more concerned with aligning our actions to the service of God than the whims of man, temptations will be easier to put aside.
So today we are challenged by the Word to go into our world with clean conscience, focusing our thoughts not on the right or wrong doings of others, but rather on how to share the the Good News with those who need it. How they react is on them. How they spend eternity is between them and God. We’ll know we’ve done our part, striving to live so everyone whom we interact with can see the Glory of God radiating out from within us.