Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 21, 2014

Judge and not Condemed

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Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

We know that we will all stand before the throne of God and be judged, but we also know we are not condemned. Jesus took our place when He was condemned to the cross for our sin. It is God’s love for us, as His children through belief in His Son, Jesus that judgment and forgiveness are given to us. Because of His great love we feel repentance after confession and forgiveness. We want toe free for everything unworthy of His love. It is His love that shows us our sins ad Akers us want to be transformed into His image. Our question is do we fully belong to Jesus so we are free from condemnation?

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April 27, 2013

End of the Age

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Matthew 28:20. teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus ends with the words “end of the age.”  We are in the age of the building up of His Church.  He has told us what to do.  He also gave us warning signs to look for concerning the end of the age for building up His Church.  We are not told if, as these signs increase like they are, this will take a day, a year, a thousand years or centuries.  It really doesn’t matter for our future but it matters greatly to our work of making disciples.  God’s will is for not one to be lost from Him.  We have a part in that through prayer and witnessing.  As the wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters increase we must pray for more harvesters to witness.  We cannot pray for that unless we are willing to take part in it.  Time may be short or long.  Our question is will someone point to us at the judgement seat of God and say we didn’t tell them?  At the end of this age we will be with the Father and the Son.  Who do you know who might be missing?

January 7, 2013

September 6, 2012

Mercy Not Sacrifice

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Matthew 9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: I want mercy and not sacrifice. a For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

So many Church people are so pios and judgmental.  Jesus always reached out in love to all regardless of their moral or religious behavior.  We tend to think we can make judgement calls on how others are living their lives.  We think if they don’t live as we do they are wrong.  Jesus said He wants mercy, not sacrifice.  There is no way we can reach out to someone we are judging.  Even if we don’t say anything they often feel or see our judgment in our posture or our words or expressions.  We cannot emit the love of Jesus if we are disapproving how someone lives their life.  Our question is are we called to be the judge or are we willing to acknowledge we, too, have sin in our life and only through the grace of God through Jesus can we be in fellowship with Him and receive His love.  Let us reach out to all in our paths with the love of God rather than the judgement of our sinful, finite minds. Let us remember Jesus died for each one of us.

May 21, 2012

Be Perfect

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Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

That is quite a command. How can a human prone to sin ever be perfect in the same way God is perfect? We cannot. So why would Jesus command this? The word is “as.”. It doesn’t say be equal to God. There is no way we could ever do that. We are to live as closely as we can as imitators/followers of God. He sent His Son, Jesus, to walk and live among mankind so we could see how to walk. God is love and we are to emmerse ourselves in His love and allow it to pour out through us to all those around us. Our question is do we allow ourselves to be emmersed in God’s love and if so, do we allow it to flow through us to those around us without judgement or criticism? If we’re really honest we must admit we fall far short. Let us take some time today to ask God where we are blocking His love and how we can spread what we have received to others. Let us be willing to be perfectly in the midst of God’s love.

October 7, 2011

Have Compassion

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on themand healed their sick.

The word “compassion” is in the Bible 73 times.  The definition of compassion is the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.  It is a deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering.  Jesus was very aware of the suffering of mankind and He not only wanted to do something about it.  He did something about it.  He made the lame walk, the blind to see, the leper clean the sick healed and even brought the dead back to life.  He never once asked them why they came to Him.  He never considered their motive or the cause of their problem.  He just had compassion and healed them.  We are so quick to criticize the sick or downtrodden.  We are so slow to show compassion.  It rises from our self-centered nature.  We always want to think of ourselves as better and this sinful trait blocks compassion.  The question is how do we develop compassion for others without judgment or criticism?  It is only possible as we allow God’s gift of His Holy Spirit to flow through us and to bring growth to the fruits of His Spirit.  We have to be willing to give our presumed rights to God.  We have to allow Him to work within us His pleasure.  His pleasure in us is for us to become one with Him.  Let us ask Him to increase our compassion for others.

August 14, 2011

Compassion Not Judging

Mt 8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick

Jesus healed all the sick.  He didn’t judge them.  He didn’t give them a lecture or preach first.  He met their need.  He didn’t tell them it was their fault.  He had compassion on them.  We are to do as Jesus did.  When someone around us is sick, we are to meet their needs.  We are not to judge the reason they’re sick.  We are to have compassion for them.  We are to pray for their healing, not lecture them about faith.  Many of the sick had friends who brought them to Jesus.  Do we bring our sick friends to Jesus?  Do we pray for them and tell them of His love and His healing?  Sickness takes many forms: some physical, mental, emotional, financial or spiritual.  All are to be ministered to with compassion not with judgment.  Most people are pretty good at judging themselves though they might not admit it out loud.  Our society is becoming less and less compassionate and more and more stressed and angry.  We may claim not to be judgmental but most of us are, even if we don’t give voice to our judgments.  Being judgmental shows up in our prayers.  Jesus said He didn’t come to judge but to heal and save.  Judgment comes when He returns.  Knowing this we must remember we have no right to judge anyone.  Ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you keep from judging.  As soon as you recognize you are judging someone else, turn that judging into prayers for the person – prayers for God’s work in that person and prayers for forgiveness for your own judging.  Let us reflect God’s acceptance and love.

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