He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law…
The person who seeks to slander another person in the church or pronounces them guilty with an attitude of condemnation is actually slandering and condemning the very law of love Jesus commanded us to live by.
This effort to secure our own good is a clear indication we have not learned to find our value and satisfaction in the only place it can actually ever be found - in the Perfect Love of God found in Jesus.
“However, if we dare to be honest, we all know our need for radical change. We know the immense difference between our outward appearance and inner reality. Our love is more self-serving than it appears our woundedness deeper, our self-deceptions more pernicious.”
Meditate on the fact that Paul makes it clear that God’s Perfect Love for us existed while we were still in complete opposition to God and while we were helpless to do anything to change. Ungodly (Greek: asebes) - destitute of reverential awe towards God, condemning God; void of any regard for God.
Meditate on the reality that God’s love for us is perfectly pure and we come to know it by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as He leads us into this love that is so perfect it is incomprehensible apart from experiencing it.
Remember, the only way we will become the kind of people who no longer slander and judge others is to become the kind of people who have found everything they are looking for in Jesus, The Perfect Love of God.
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