Interesting conversations about Judgment today. . . . . My thoughts: To judge is a waste of time. It's like telling God that He does not know what He is doing and you can do it better. I am reminded of a question (paraphrased) God once asked in scripture, 'Where were you when the light was called day and the dark was called night?' We obviously were not here.... I believe that we can be honest without condemning people with our words. A wise man once told me that 'if you love someone, you will tell them the truth and if you are not honest, you may as well tell them you don't love them'. If we are to 'love our neighbor as we love ourselves', we obviously have a spiritual responsibility to tell the truth. When we speak to people from God's whisper, truth is what comes out - when we speak from our opinions, judgment, among many other things come out. Judging is just like complaining - it reminds me of opinions of ungratefulness. You can't be grateful for the mercy in your own life to judge someone else. You can't be grateful for what you have if you complain about what you don't have. Be just as cheerful giving as you do needing. I could not have a dime to my name, having the hardest time of my life but 'though the enemy slay me, yea will I trust Him'! I will dance for Him. I will rejoice. I will nurture my relationship with Him. I will worship Him. I will get out of bed and put my clothes on because I am just grateful to have breath in my lungs, joints that work....... etc. The enemy knows that he can do whatever my Lord allows, but I LOVE JESUS!! I may not know where the food is coming from but I know a man from Galilee! There was a time when I didn't want to live because the words of people who judged and manipulated my every step were stuck to the inside of my soul tormenting me. We are not made to save the world but we don't have to tear it down. A man died on a cross to save the sins of man, His name is Jesus - He paid the ultimate price. It is not our job to revive the world. It is our job to call on the name of the Lord, study His word, seek His face and allow Him to revive the world. He will give you words of truth. He will tell you what to say and who to say it to. He will do things His way, in His timing and for His purpose. Let's just get out of God's way. He has the power. Live a little more life. Stay in your lane. Let God lead you. God's got me and He's certainly got you. Be well & encouraged.
Ok, so I witnessed something recently and I automatically think of the lesson in it- so here are my thoughts. A woman shouts angrily at her 13 year old daughter in the middle of the street for having sexual intercourse with the 4th or 5th new boy of the week in the alley behind their residence. She proceeds to remind her of all the times she would sneak boys in the house as the rest of the family slept. The Mom finally reaches her emotional breaking point and yells in a screeching voice that could easily stop traffic, "WWHHHYYY?" The teen poised herself with a surprisingly confident stance with her index finger aimed at her mother and said, "I saw you having sex. I saw you with different men. I even saw one of your man's 'expletive'. I saw you sucking 'expletive' in the living room and you are no better than me!". In shock, I sat in the awkwardly sad presence of that moment and did the only thing that made sense to me at the time, I prayed. This experience left me heartbroken and saddened by the generations of hurt building in their lives and in so many lives around me. The brokenness that society feels deep down is empty and craves the affection of things, people and situations which cannot be filled by anyone but God. FB, I believe that people are so deficient for love, we will settle for anything! We will do anything, we will tolerate anything in the perfect set of circumstances. If I may be frank, I believe it is truly a twisted lie from the pit of hell to believe that God does not want more for us than an opaque web of false intimacy, we are too trapped in lies to see through. Young women, young moms, seasoned moms, young men, young fathers, seasoned men. To seek anything but God in an effort to feel loved is a common error . . . looking to feel loved, even when somewhere deep inside it is known, love does not degrade, treat with malice and defilement, abuse or neglect. It is embraced as if there is no other way, oh but there is. Sex is designed to come with a covenant because the true covenant will endure the storm. The 'storms' life is designed to include since the fall of mankind. Women, let us think about who we let into our souls, our homes, near our children. Let us be an example to them because they are inclined to follow. Men, be mindful that even the strongest women have the most fragile souls. If you are the leader, yet you choose not to lead into the right direction, where are we going? You need not announce yourself, just be yourself. It is not enough to say, you don't know my story - the fact is, we all have a story and a choice. Let's just choose to treat each other right. If he ain't the one, keep it moving. If she ain't the one, keep it moving. Don't hang on just to hang out! If you love yourself, you won't intentionally cause harm to anyone else. May your day be filled with moments that tug your heart to be your best you. We all got mess. . . but God loves us in spite of it all. Pray for somebody today. Be kind to someone today, you never know who is in need of true love. Be well and encouraged.
Toseima J is the author of this blog. One who has always been the type of person who looks forward to encouraging those around her. This blog is dedicated to the stories, experiences, and people who help make us all better, stronger, and wiser in all the ways God intended. SPEAK RESILIENCE I hope that this blog site will certainly encourage, inspire and uplift you no matter how you pray, how you live or who you choose to be in your life! Thank you for stopping by, sharing and posting your comments. I am encouraged knowing that you are here.