Thursday, March 23, 2000

Romans 14:10-13

"But why dost thou judge thy brother?  or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?  for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way."
Romans 14:10-13

I like this scripture. :)  it talks about judging, but instead of just saying "don't" it helps us to know what we should do instead. :)  It seems to me basically to be saying... why are you working against each other when you should be helping each other?  We're all in the test together, and we're all going to be evaluated in the end.  Does it make sense then, to try to sabotage each other?  The test is open book, we are allowed to collaborate... let's do it.  In the end, we'll all get our own grade... but if we study together, maybe we'll do better.
Each of us will have to face God, our instructor, in the end... and instead of getting so concerned about who WE think should pass or fail... why don't we just help each other pass?  Instead of judging other people, let us judge instead whether we are helping or hindering the progress of the people around us.  When someone comes to you for help you can either tell them the wrong answer, that you don't know the answer, or help them find the right answer.  Other people's success IS our success... and inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these... we need to lift people up in order to become a Zion community, in order to be saved as a people.  Let's heal instead of hurt, help instead of hinder... and we'll all make it through, even the roughest times. :)

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