Thursday, August 2, 2012

You Can't Con God!

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.  Luke, Chapter 6, verses 37-38.

This message reminds me that I would NOT want God to judge me by the same standards I use to judge other people.  I’m very thankful that He reminds me of this, because I often find myself being critical or judgmental of others.
When we genuinely give to others out of our need, God will always make sure we are provided for.  This is a miracle unto itself, similar to the loaves and fishes.  I do have some concerns though.  There are some supposed churches that promote giving to others as a plan to get financial reward in return.  They talk to their parishioners about giving lots of money to the church or to causes in order to get great wealth for their good deeds.  Well, this is God we are talking about and He’s all-knowing.  He can tell when we are genuinely giving to others and when we are giving to others with ulterior motives.  You can’t con God!
Here are some related passages:
*And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the Law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou?  This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him.  But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not.  So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone; and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers?  hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord.  And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the World: He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.  John, Chapter 8, verses 3-12.
*Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to Truth against them which commit such things.  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  Romans, Chapter 2, verses 1-3.
*Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  Matthew, Chapter 7, verses 1-2.

 
Because this example of how I’ve applied these Bible passages to my life only focused on a portion of the passages, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passages.


This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
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