Am I judgmental? by beth

Although, these posts can be read by anyone.…I am writ­ing this for our female readers. =)

Now I Neb­uchad­nez­zar praise and extol and hon­our the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judg­ment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

I just started read­ing Daniel in my devo­tions. The verse quoted above comes after Neb­uchad­nez­zar had spent seven years in a pas­ture as a beast. Nebchad­nez­zar had come to the shock­ing real­ity that what our God promises will come true. You see Nebchad­nez­zar had a dream that prophe­cied his fate, yet he truly thought he was invin­ci­ble. I have to say that the Lord has been chal­leng­ing my heart in this very area. We have actu­ally been given the same warning.


We are told that “pride comes before destruc­tion” (), that God hates a proud look (), that God resists the proud but gives grace to thh hum­ble (), etc… Like Neb­uchad­nez­zar, we don’t think that God truly means what He says.
One area of pride that the Lord has been show­ing in my life is in the area of being judg­men­tal. We catago­rize sins, don’t we? I tend to cat­e­go­rize sins and judge the seri­ous­ness of the sin based on whether or not I had ever com­mit­ted such an act. Oh, how my heart began to seep with con­vic­tion as I real­ized how unlike Christ my spirit is. Christ Him­self when faced with an adul­ter­ous woman said, “He who is with­out sin, let him cast the first stone.” Each one of has a beset­ting sin, and who are we to deter­mine if some­one else’s con­stant sin strug­gle is greater than mine.
In the book Boy Meets Girl by Josh Har­ris, he takes an excerpt from a book enti­tled When God Weeps by Steven Estes and Joni Eareck­son Tada. This is a very sober­ing look at the cross that maybe you’ve never thought of before. I know this is a lit­tle long, but please keep reading.…

Some­where dur­ing this day [while Christ was on the cross] an uneartly foul odor began to waft, not around His nose, but His heart. He feels dirty. Human wicked­ness starts to crawl upon His spot­less being — the liv­ing excre­ment from our souls. The apple of His Father’s eye.
His Father! He must face His Father like this!
From heaven the Father now rouses Him­self like a lion dis­turbed, shakes His name, and roars against the shriv­el­ing remant of a man hang­ing on a cross. Never has the Son seen the Father look at Him so, never felt even the least of His hot breath. But the roar shakes the unseen world and dark­ens the vis­i­ble sky. The Son does not rec­og­nize these eyes.
“Son of Man! Why have you behaved so? You have cheated, lusted, stolen, gos­siped — mur­dered, envied, hated, lied. You have cursed, robbed, over­spent, overeaten — for­ni­cated, dis­obeyed, embez­zled, and blas­phemed. Oh, the duties you have shirked, the chil­dren you have aban­doned! Who has ever so ignored the poor, so played the cow­ard, so belit­tled My name? Have you ever held your razor tongue? What a self-righteous, piti­ful drunk — you, who…peddle killer drugs, travel in cliques, and mock your par­ents… Does the list never end! Split­tling families…You have burned down build­ings, per­fected ter­ror­ist tac­tics, founded false reli­gions, traded in slaves — rel­ish­ing each morsel and brag­ging about it all. I hate, loathe these things in You! Dis­gust for every­thing about You con­sumes me! Can You not feel my wrath?
Of course the Son is inno­cent. He is blame­less­ness itself. The Father knows this. But the divine pair have an agree­ment, and the unthink­able must now take place. Jesus will be treated as if per­son­ally respon­si­ble for every sin ever com­mit­ted.
The Father watches as his heart’s trea­sure, the mirror-image of Him­self, sinks drown­ing into raw, liq­uid sin. Jehovah’s stored rage against humankind from every cen­tury explodes in a sin­gle direc­tion.
“Father! Father! Why have you for­saken me?!“
But heaven stops its ears. The Son stares up a the One who can­not, who will not, reach down or reply.
The Trin­ity had planned it. The Son endured it. The Spirit enabled Him. The Father rejected the Son whom He loved. Jesus, the God-man from Nazareth, per­ished. The Father accepted His sac­ri­fice for sin and was sat­is­fied. The Res­cue was accomplished.

Joshua Har­ris, Boy Meets Girl(Sis­ters, OR.: Mult­nomah, 2000). p.174–176
After read­ing this, do you think while Christ was on the cross He made a dis­tinc­tion between sin catagories? He was there for one rea­son, sin! Let this be a chal­lenge for you today to live as if all sin is equal in God’s eyes. When we live with this men­tal­ity, our spirit begins to deflate of our­selves and becomes inflated with Christ!

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