November 19th – One Judge

Judgment is for the Son. The Father has given to the Son the suffering and love of the world. In this, all judgment is complete and perfect justice comes. Those of the Way follow in long-suffering, without condemnation of another, for it is not the place of the follower to cast sentence. To judge the tree is prudent, but of the fruit only, and its season may not have come. The soul that condemns, condemns also itself, but he who forgives and uplifts, will also be. It is wise to avoid harm, but wiser to avoid inflicting the same. You have been forgiven much, and for many seasons your fruit was judged correctly. Do not forget the grace given, that you would not shed your own fruit. The fruit of My Spirit bears fruit on your bough, and without it, the branch becomes barren. Even a branch that once produced a great crop can forget its own forgiveness, and bare it can become. Abide in My Spirit. Love much in forgiveness, and great will be your harvest.

John 5:21-23(ESV) –  For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

Bottom Line: It is not our job to judge others; it is the Lord’s. If we move into that role, our love can fade for those around us, but His love does not. The love of the Father shines through Jesus. Even in His judgment of the world, He will not lose His perfect love. The more we judge others, the harder it is for us to love. So, that person at work who seems to be a “bad tree”. . . be careful and remember, in some degree, we were that person before the love of God intervened. Let God judge; we are called love and forgive others.

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