Sunday, April 13, 2014

1 Corinthians 4:5

1 Corinthians 4:5 - Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

It is not our position on this earth to judge anyone. There will be a day when the Lord comes and everything is brought to light, but until then we must walk in Love towards everyone. “Love God and Love people,” Jesus told us. That is our command and how we are to live.
We must look past what people do and Love them for who they are. God doesn’t look at the actions, He looks at the heart behind the actions. In Proverbs we see, “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord (Proverbs 16:2).”
It always comes down to the heart; why you are doing what you are doing. As we see here in Paul’s message to the church there will be a day when everything done in darkness will be brought to light. This goes for all actions; good and bad. In that day God will also expose the motives of our hearts.
Then comes the good part. God will give praise to all those whose motives are pure. It is important that we do what is right, not because we have to, but because we want to. We must do things out of Love.
If we act in Love, our actions will reflect it and God will reward it. So I challenge you as I challenge myself: Love God and Love people and let your thoughts and actions come out of that Love.

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