Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Fear or Welcome the Judgment?

"We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God" Romans 14:10, 11.

How do you relate to those words? Much depends upon your understanding of God's character and the manner in which you relate to Him.

In 2 Corinthians 5:10 we are told "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

Those willfully choosing bad have reason to fear the judgment.

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries" Hebrews 10:26, 27.

That's scary!

While it's important to know the inevitable consequences of our choices; fear has never been a good motivator for true surrender to God.

We must understand that His desire is to save, not destroy.

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" John 3:17.

"The Lord . . . is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" 2 Peter 3:9.

It is only as we are won by His love that we are led to right decisions.

When this takes place, we will see the beauty of judgment as the event that will finally bring justice and an end of sin. Judgment becomes something to look forward to.

Consider judgment in the following verse.

"But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment" Isaiah 5:16.

It is in judgment that God's character is shown to be entirely vindicated.

We are told to "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters" Revelation 14:7.

Notice that it is because of the judgment that we are to give glory to God.

Do you know and believe the love of God? Then this promise is for you.

"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world" 1 John 4:16, 17.






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