Casting Stones

Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:1-8)  Passing judgment is something most of us do in our everyday lives.  We must be careful, though, how we do it, for if we simply judge others with no good cause, we may suffer unexpected consequences. (Matt 7:1-5)  We should judge unrighteous deeds instead of unrighteous doers and pray for those who do unholy things.

But we do still need to judge for ourselves what is holy and what is unholy, based on the Word, so that we, ourselves, might be righteous. (Rom 1:8-32)

The Bible has numerous passages cautioning us about judgement.  I have listed a few more below, which, I think, are rather self-explanatory, once studied with the Spirit of God at the center of our lives.

Proverbs 3:21
Proverbs 13:15
Psalm 94:15
Psalm 119:66
John 5:30
1 Peter 4:17
1 Corinthians 2:14-16
Romans 12:19

Mother’s Day

It has been almost 1 year since I lost my mother.  This year will be my first Mother’s Day without her.  I miss the nearly nightly phone calls and even though she lived over 1000 miles away, we were able to keep our special mother-son bond.  The mother-child bond is something very special.  It starts with birth and continues on taking years of mothers’ sacrifice, patience, playing, working – just spending time with their children, to develop.  Mothers who don’t spend time with their children don’t have the same bond as those who are more nurturing.  They may have a mother-child bond but it is not the same as a nurtured bond.

The same can be said of mothers who teach their children from the Word.  The first three commandments speak of glory to God.  The fourth, says to honor the mother and the father: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee“. (Exodus 20:12).  That’s how important this is – it’s fourth on the list of commandments!  This is also the first commandment with a promise.  Dictionary.com, in part, defines the noun, honor, as: “high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank:” and the verb honor thusly: “to worship” and/or “to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of“.  Then, to paraphrase, we should obey, respect and love our parents so that we may have longer lives.

Conversely, parents should live their lives as examples to their children, showing them how to live righteous lives in the Light of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 (notice the footnote there))  If your children are not living godly lives, look first in the mirror.  Are you setting a godly example for them? (Prov 30:5-16) (Matt 5-7)  How else are they supposed to understand a righteous life if not seeing it in the place they spend most of their time?  I’m not saying you can’t make mistakes.  When you do, though, act on them in a godly way.   Again, I ask you: are you acting out a godly life every day in the presence of your children?  If not, it’s never too late.

The Greatness of God

Sometimes, when you’re trying to think of exactly the right way to say something, someone else has already said it in perfection:

 

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

When your voice speaks in rolls of thunder pealing,
Your lightning power bursts in bright surprise;
When cooling rain, your gentle love revealing;
Reflects your promise, arcing through the skies.

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

O when I see ungrateful man defiling,
This bounteous earth, God’s gifts so good and great;
In foolish pride, God’s holy Name reviling,
And yet, in grace, His wrath and judgment wait.

When burdens press, and seem beyond endurance,
Bowed down with grief, to Him I lift my face;
And then in love He brings me sweet assurance:
‘My child! for thee sufficient is my grace’.

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation,
And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart;
Then I shall bow with humble adoration,
And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art.

Carl Boberg (1859–1940)