Apostle Grace Lubega
Philippians 1:9(KJV); And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgement.
Christian maturity has many facets.
Today, I wish to open your eyes to one of these facets; this is the wisdom in judging matters.
Part of this wisdom is to never judge issues before time.
God in His infinite LOVE always gives men the opportunity to repent and turn to Him (2 Peter 3:9).
When you judge a matter before time, you over look God’s patience and mercy toward a man whom He has allowed the chance to change.
Another aspect of this wisdom is the constraint of love (2 Corinthians 5:14).
The MESSAGE version rendering of this scripture is that His love has moved us to EXTREMES and is the first and last word in everything we do.
Take this example;
A man may be extremely provoked by another and immediately judge him. He may speak a word that dooms his fellow man.
But merely because the words spoken against another man have come to pass does not make you a mature Christian.
I have heard ministers of the gospel boast over the fulfillment of words spoken against fellow brethren–that is not maturity!
Look at Christ, the epitome of maturity, He continually imputes righteousness.
At the cross, with nails in his hands and feet, His heart still bled with love and He said,” Forgive them…”(Luke 23:34). That is maturity!
Maturity causes you to never hold grudges, to see a man fall in a pit he dug for himself and get on your knees to pray for him.
Maturity will cause you to intercede for those who HATE you and not to seek for their destruction because you understand that Jesus died for them too and that He wishes that no man perish.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 5:44, 2 Corinthians 5:14
Maturity causes you to never hold grudges, to see a man fall in a pit he dug for himself and get on your knees to pray for him. Maturity will cause you to intercede for those who hate you and not to seek for their destruction because you understand that Jesus died for them too and wishes that no man perish
PRAYER: Father, you perfect me in your love and for this I am grateful. I thank you that this day, I walk after its pattern. For the Bible says, by this love shall the world know that I am your disciple. Mysteries are not a mark of discipleship; gifts and miracles are not a mark of discipleship but your LOVE is! Today men identify me by it’s overflow in my speech, attitude and character. In Jesus’ name. Amen.