Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mercy, and Judgment
I woke up this morning with the following thought in my mind:
The ones most to be pitied are those who seek to limit the love, mercy and power of God. They succeed in doing so only for themselves.
I find that those who attempt to confine God to a neat little box are the same ones who seek to limit Him when it comes to forgiving others. They are merely projecting their own judgmental attitudes toward others on to God who thankfully doesn’t share their sentiments.
“He went on to say to them, “Pay attention to what you’re hearing! You will be evaluated by the same standard with which you do your evaluating, and still more will be given to you” – International Standard Version
What Jesus was saying is that if we are merciful toward others we shall be shown an equal measure of mercy and even more so from God. Yet if we engage in judging others then the judgment we will receive from God will be even more harsh than that which we handed out to our fellow man!
Do you want to be known to God as someone who displays tremendous mercy or who instead engages in vindictive judgments? Whatever it is that you measure out to others, you will receive from God in an even greater measure!
If you hold grudges then lose that bad habit. Learn to freely forgive. Christ asked His Father to forgive those who tortured and killed Him. He said “They know not what they do.”
Regardless of what others may have done to you it doesn’t compare to what was done to Christ. As a Christian you have committed your life to following in His footsteps have you not?
Maybe someone hurt you terribly. It happens to us all. They may have spread lies about you. Perhaps they violated a trust. Quite possibly they stole something from you or maybe they simply judged you.
You may not be able to forget what others have done to you. However you can and you must forgive them. In so doing you replace those limiting and negative emotions with the most powerful emotion in the universe:
The love of Christ.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Everything that I’ve ever read regarding the love of Christ tells me this:
Any limits to the love and mercy of God are not established by Him but only by us!
Yours in Christ,