How many times in our lives have we judged a person or a situation without
knowing the full details and we believe the lie that our judgment is just.
What we must quickly realize is that we can be judge and jury over no one.
We are not in a position of authority to call one righteous and call
another one condemned. We as children of the Most High God must allow
ourselves to love others unconditionally just as God loves us despite our
inadequacies. If we were to be condemned for every sin that we've
committed against God, then Heaven would not hold one human soul. The
Lord in His righteousness, mercy and grace offers forgiveness, offers
renewal, offers a fresh and clean slate and as His ambassadors on this
earth we must also do the same towards our fellow man. We must have an
encircling love; A love that sees the best in people, a love that looks
past ones mistakes and a love that wishes to bring restoration and renewal.
Be encouraged to never judge a book by its cover. Get the whole story,
see the goodness in others and invest your time in helping them to become
better, wiser and stronger than they were before. We must be our brother's
keeper. We must lend, lift up, strengthen, affirm and love those who have
been given up on. We have great power to restore those who are having a
hard time in their life. They need to see that goodness still exists and
when we act in a manner that is pleasing to God, they will see that
goodness not only exists, but it flourishes in the hearts and minds of
those who wish to live a pleasing life before the Lord.
I encourage you again to have an encircling love. Make it your mission to
see the best in others. Be determined to lift others up and never break
them down. Enough people in this world are having a hard time in life so
let us be that beacon of hope and love that they will be drawn to. We
will be so proud of how we treated God's precious child and the Lord will
impart into us the same blessing that we imparted to those who needed to
be encouraged, affirmed and shown the true love of God.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to look past the
physical being of others and look more into their hearts. When we do so,
we will be presently surprised at the goodness that lies within them.
A BOOK BY IT’S COVER
I was driving home the other day on a sunny afternoon. I had a smile on my
face as I sang along to the songs on the radio. It was a beautiful day. I
felt full of happiness and oneness with God. My good mood ended, however,
when the radio station took a news break between songs. Suddenly I found
myself listening to yet another story of a rich, beautiful celebrity
involved in scandal, hypocrisy, and lawlessness. I shook my head in
disbelief as I came to a stoplight.
As I pulled to a stop I noticed four, leather jacketed bikers. They were
standing in the middle of the road with two on either side of the light.
They looked rough and dangerous, but as I got closer I noticed each one
was holding their helmet in their hands. I rolled down my window as one
approached my car. “We are the Brother’s of the Wheel”, he said. “We are
collecting for a Christmas toy drive for needy children this year.” As I
pulled a dollar out of my wallet I looked past his beard and tattoos and
into his eyes. They shined with a goodness and kindness that came right
from his soul. I dropped the money in his helmet and waved to the other
bikers as I drove off. My good mood had returned. My faith in mankind had
been bolstered. And I had to laugh along with God as I remembered once
again never to judge a book by its cover.
Our society often judges books by their covers but God reads what is
written in our hearts and souls. Perhaps one day we will all learn to see
the world through Heaven’s eyes. Perhaps one day we will realize that looks
matter little and actions matter much. Perhaps one day we will see that the
wealth and success of Earth are not the wealth and success of Heaven.
Over two thousand years ago a poor, homeless outcast walked the Earth. His
clothes were tattered and His companions were rough fishermen. He was
scorned by the elite of the day. Yet, He showed everyone of us how to live
and how to love. May we all follow the truth He shared.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 2:2-3 “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the
same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through
strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better
Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus declares “Then shall the righteous answer Him,
saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and
gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked,
and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto
Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye
have done it unto Me.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are
in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of
God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also
aboundeth by Christ.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is
perfected in us.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: GOD WON'T ASK
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Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry