Who to please?

Every day we wake up there are people we seek to please. We want our family to be pleased. We want our boss and co-workers to be pleased. We want our friends and acquaintances to be pleased. No matter what we do, we should understand that it is impossible to please them all.

At the core of the Christian’s understanding is the reality that God is the only One whose approval we must seek. He is not only our Creator and Savior, He is our Judge. The early disciples knew that and lived accordingly. Therefore Paul wrote, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

via Daily Lift – November 08, 2017 – GBN Daily lift

This is more of a problem for some than for others. Some societies seem to have a greater need to please other people. Still, even the most independent types must face it.

The emphasis on God as Judge is right and proper. We must never forget that we must eventually stand before him and answer for our words and actions in this life. The decision to please God above all others will determine whether or not we enter into heaven.

We must not be contrary toward others for contrary’s sake (see 1 Cor 10.32-11.1), but seek to please others that they may be saved and also desire to please God.

#devotionals #God #Judge #please-God


7-28-2015 Judge Not At All?

“Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:2 NKJV). Was Jesus condemning any and all criticism of behavior? If so, He contradicted His later statement: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-16 NKJV). But Jesus Christ did not contradict Himself. Judgment is a double-edged blade, it cuts both ways. Jesus continued: “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matthew 7:2 NKJV). Christians know that God’s Word is the standard of Judgment, and they try to obey it. Hypocrites are those who use Scripture to condemn Christians but make no effort to repent and be baptized for the remission of their own sins!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#condemn, #judge, #judgment


4-9-2015 What Is Discrimination #4

Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Today, Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV). Skin color is no basis for discrimination, but a moral decision is! If discrimination against skin is opposed along with discrimination against the immoral, then Solomon “saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16 NKJV). This is “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”

Throwing out all “discrimination” because some of it is wrong, destroys the difference between ”good and evil.” Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#appearance, #discern, #discrimination, #heart, #iniquity, #judge, #judgment, #righteousness, #skin-color, #solomon


4-7-2015 What Is “Discrimination?” #2

Discrimination is bad when the wrong standard is used, for instance, things people cannot help: skin or kin. However, the right standard is set by God’s moral values for His people. David said, “Teach me good judgment and knowledge, For I believe Your commandments” (Psalm 119:66 NKJV). Christians are told: “everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14 NKJV). It is by exercising our moral values we can tell the difference between “good and evil,” and there is a difference! It is wrong to discriminate because of skin, but right and essential to discriminate right from wrong.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#discern, #discrimination, #judge, #moral-values, #skin

When courts in Nashville get backed up a…

When courts in Nashville get backed up, a local tradition allows judges to appoint local attorneys to act as “special judges” to help clear dockets. But according to an investigation by WTVF-TV, it appears that some of “special judges” use their power largely to dismiss speeding tickets. Of 1,800 speeding tickets dismissed by courts during the investigation, 1,300 were thrown out by the “special judges.” I’m glad I’ve not yet had to stand before a judge, but if I do, maybe I’ll get one of those “special judges”. I do know that I will one day stand before a Judge and He is special and I already know the case against me will be thrown out. How do I know? Because the judge is my elder brother and He has already told me the outcome. This is Just-A-Minute

#judge, #judgement, #just-a-minute

Jumping to a conclusion

There was more than Sabbath breaking in the charges made by the Pharisees.

In John 7, the Pharisees began a plot to kill Jesus because he healed a man on the Sabbath. Jesus exposed this plot motivated by hatred and jealousy and not because of any violation of the Sabbath. Jesus pointed out an act of mercy was in keeping with the law, while the Pharisees never kept the Sabbath perfectly. The Pharisees had created a hundred exemptions for themselves, while accusing Jesus of sin because he had mercy on a poor, sick person.

Therefore, the plot to kill Jesus was manufactured simply on appearances. The Pharisees allowed circumcision to be performed on the Sabbath, but would not allow an act of mercy on that day? Jesus showed the logical contradiction of judgment by appearance.

Jesus said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment,” (John 7:24). Burton Coffman wrote, “Thus, their judgment that Jesus was worthy of death as a sabbath-breaker was an evil judgment, based solely on superficial and unsound premises. Jesus, by this discussion, also replied to the ignorant denial of some of the people that there was any plot to kill him.”

From this example, it is evident why judgment should not be made from hasty decisions drawn from the way things appear. This propensity for people to jump to conclusions based on nothing more than exterior appearance some months later produced a multitude that would call for Pilate to crucify the Lord Christ (Matthew 27:22), even though Pilate asked, “Why? What evil hath he done?”

#judge, #righteousness

Why Do Folks Quickly Look At The Outside?

Today’s nudge, “Why do people look at the outside and judge so quickly?”

One answer is that a lot of folks are simply lazy and impatient. This is why they quickly jump to conclusions. It takes time to get to know and understand an individual – their background, the way they think, etc.

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You can easily judge the character of a …

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)

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