The Kindness of God

 

September 28

Read Romans 2:1-4

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

 

Reflect

What do you think is more effective when evangelizing? Judging nonbelievers for their unrighteousness or treating them with kindness?

 

What drew you to Christ? Was it the book of Leviticus or Deuteronomy? Was it because Christians kept reminding you of endless laws and requirements? Did someone angrily point out to you all the ways that you were living an ungodly life? Did enough self-righteous believers look down their noses at you for you to finally decide to get right with God?

 

Probably not. You probably did not come to Jesus because someone was harsh and self-righteous towards you. Chances are you came to Christ because someone invested in you and shared the Gospel with you. Someone told you the truth but with kindness.

 

The law is important and exposes our sins. It is necessary to call sin what it is and admit that we all need a Savior. But the conviction wasn't enough. What finally won you over was likely the good news of God's great love and mercy. Perhaps it was the fact that He died for your sins and has been incredibly patient with you. And chances are you experienced God's kindness and love through someone else.

 

Friends, we can't expect to lead many people to our Savior by simply calling out all of their sins. We need to first remember our own sinfulness. We must remember who we were apart from Christ. We remember the grace that God offers us as well as them. Then we display that grace and share the good news.

 

Today display the grace of God to those who are far from God. Allow the Gospel to be heard boldly with kindness. Then let the Spirit do the rest.

 

Pray

God, You are patient and kind. Full of love and mercy. Help me to treat those around me with Your kindness rather than judgment. Amen.

 


~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Amen!
God’s love for EVERY human being, past, present, and future is available through the life saving blood, sweat and tears of his son, Jesus Christ. We’ve been warned over and over “ judge not, Least ye be judged”. There is a Great Creator and he does love us.
Do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? '
Our judgemental attitude certainly will distance unbelievers from us. Instead as the Bible instructs us we should be kind and friendly. Our words and deeds towards them will make them compare their lifestyle with ours can make a difference to impact them positively. Its an important aspect believers should be aware of. The devotional is thoughtful. Thank you.
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The only judging from me is when in heaven to judge the unrighteous. I' been gifted with salvation so much that when I sin today it is forgiven , no more dirty rotten sinner ! God remembers my sin no more !! Amen Now as for the judgment in scriptures is meant for unbelievers at the end of time.God doesn't have to judge me for all my sins they are forgiven before that judgment day !!! by Jesus finished work on cross! Some say well that's license to sin , quite the contrary, I am transformed into not wanting to sin as my new self is changed to want new desires and actions ...one thing for sure is choosing to sin will be a miserable way to live life ... knowing there is no satisfaction to be gained . Amen
Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;HELP ME WITH MY HUSBAND HES STUCK WITH HIS MOMMA I AM TIRED I WANT TO LIVE MY LIFE WITH YOU JESUS; HELP ME YOU ARE ALL I HAVE*
DEAR ABBA FATHER;JESUS I GOT PUNCH IN THE FACE TO SEE A PICTURE SAYING JESUS LOVES YOU;THANKYOUJESUS;SAYNOTODRUGS;
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I came to Christ at age 24. Several friends that I worked with at the time had an assurance that if they died they would go to heaven. Even though I went to church I couldn’t say that. It bothered me how could they be so sure. I was watching a Billy Graham crusade, he said I needed to repent and follow Jesus. I love the Lord
What led me to Christ is not the same thing that keeps me in Christ. I came from a legalistic background and that is what Scared me to accept Christ. But as a teenager I came to resent Him or at least what I thought was Him. I soon backslid into rebellion big time! But God Who is rich in mercy knew my struggles and let me know about a part of Him I never knew...Love. He told me that He loved me and that was so profound I remembered where and what I was doing when He did. My life was forever changed and has continued to change for my good and the good of my family. Praise God for His Love 💗
Such a good lesson, I pray that God help me not to be judgemental .
My God, you are forever with me, as I endure all that I must, and I get stronger in my Faith, as I feel your presence in my life🙏 Thank you for your grace and mercy, as I try to deliver love and kindness to all that I meet. Thank you, my Lord.
Gracious Lord, help me to never judge another. For I am a sinner and need Your Grace and Mercy everyday Lord. Have me to encourage those who do not know You and have me be kind instead of judgmental. Thank You for all Your blessings Lord. In Jesus name i pray, Amen.
It was definitely the Holy Spirit who drew me and only God could intricately set the situation up. I was a teller in a bank and there was several customers who struct me as so kind, something special about them. I had made an error on one of their accounts and they didn't flip out. They were only grateful we caught and fixed it. I left the denomination i was raised in and started visiting another church hesitantly because fear of wacky teaching. The first people I met was the customers I had come to think so highly of from work. They welcomed me. Years later I had backsliding and knew I had to come back to Jesus and back to church. Again, all the people I had known welcomed and loved me until I could love myself. Only God could influence people to be that kind, and that geniune
Thank you Pastor Nat, timely reminder in this troubled time. Lord Jesus, thank You for my salvation and for being my Righteousness! Thank You for Your love mercy, grace, and compassion that You lovingly bestows upon me each day. Help me not to be judgemental, but empower me with these attributes in sharing with others the "good news" of salvation!
I praise God he raised you up Pastor o share this daily devotion with us.
So way to fall into critical and judgmental ways. Thank you for being a path for the Holy Spirit’s conviction.
Thank you pastor for this wonderful devotional I pray to God to give us peaceful week
Amen.
Speak the truth in love is what we all need. Love is thinking of others more than ourselves. The truth of the gospel is that we are all sinners and we are or will be saved by grace. The undeserved gift of Jesus dying for our sins is so wonderful that we share the gift we have with others. Let us never forget how we need his grace everyday so we will share the truth in love. Amen
Thank you
Matthew 7:1-5 will help us do our evangelism well. Praise God Almighty for this wonderful message amen.