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EXPLORATIONS UNITED PICS - Judge not that you be not judged - Speak evil of no one, be peaceful, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
To be a Christian, we need to check ourselves everyday and all the time to ensure that we set a good example to others.

This is important as we want to be a person who uplift others instead of discouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ or even non-believers. While no one is perfect and everyone make silly mistakes, we can remind ourselves to practice what we read in the Bible in order to be the person whom God wants us to be.

How do we check ourselves? We can ask ourselves questions like:-

  • Do we judge others?
  • Do we treat others as how we are supposed to treat them?
  • Are we sharing the gospel with those who are lost or do we look down at them with a thought in our mind saying “What a sinful person he/she is?”
  • Are we kind to others when they are poor financially or when they are at their lowest state?
  • Do we judge the people who are unable to serve a lot in the church due to job commitments?
  • Do we mingle around only with those who can benefit us or rich?
  • Do we treat the poor, the elder, the less fortunate well?
  • Do we create cliques (a small close-knit group of people who do not readily allow others to join them) in the church?
  • Do we make newcomers or those who are not in our age group feel loved and welcomed?
  • Do we talk bad behind people’s back or say things that make them feel unworthy?
  • How are we behaving as Christians?

We must always remember that Jesus came to save the sinners, not the righteous. He taught us to love one another and to care for one another. Jesus always looks at the heart, not riches, rankings or looks. It is not for us to judge anyone but our duty to encourage them to stay in the right path and walking closely with Jesus and to treat them right. Let us ask ourselves,

ARE WE THE:-

A) ‘Police’ Christian?
– someone who is so ready to catch the wrongdoers Christians and punishing them with ‘insults’, ‘mocks’, ‘summons’ or ‘spiritual fines’ or ‘spiritual lockups’?

Read:-

(a) Matthew 7:1-5

7 “________  ____, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be ________; and with the measure you use, it will be __________  _____ to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the ________ from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

(b) John 8:1-11

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of _________.
2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is _________  _____ among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one _____________ you?

11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; __  ____  ____  __  ______.


OR ARE WE THE:-

B) ‘Intimidating’ Christian?
– someone who thinks he is more holy and perfect than others and making remarks to make the others feel they are not as holy as he/she is?

Read:-

(c) Titus 3:2-7

2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all __________ to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once _________, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

(d) Colossians 3:12

12 So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of _____________, kindness, ___________, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]


OR ARE WE THE:-

C) ‘I, me, myself’ Christian?
– example of commonly asked questions or excuses by this category of Christians:-
1) “How can I pray for others when I myself have problems?”
2) “I don’t know them so it’s not necessary for me to be in the prayer group with them.”
3) “I prefer to be alone.”

Read:-

(e) 1 Thessalonians 5:11

11 Therefore ____________ each other and ______ one another, just as you also are doing.

(f) Galatians 6:2

2 _____ one another’s burdens, and so ________ the law of Christ.


OR ARE WE THE:-

D) ‘Cannot’ Christian?
– someone who is always saying “CANNOT”. Examples:-

1) “I cannot commit. I am not good enough.”
2) “I cannot serve because I am not ready.”

Read:-

(g) Exodus 4:10-11

10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your _______ and _______ you what you shall say.”

(h) 1 Samuel 16:7

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his ______________ or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the _______.”


OR ARE WE THE:-

E) “YES Lord” and an ‘NON-JUDGMENTAL AND FORGIVING’ Christian?

– Christian who would always say “Yes, I can do all things in Your name and I will do what You want me to do Lord” doing as much as we are able to and always ready to forgive everyone:-

Read:-

(i) Matthew 19:26

26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God ___  ________  ____  _____________.”

(j) Colossians 3:13

– Christian who do not judge anyone and always forgiving everyone:-

Colossians 3:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 _________ with one another, and ___________ one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ ________ you, so you also must do.

~ Thank you for learning the Bible with us. ~

Prayer: Father Lord, help me not to judge others. Make me a Category ‘E’ Christian who says “Yes Lord” and a non-judgmental Christian and always ready to forgive. Help me to speak words that build, encourage and kindness at all times. May I be the one who cause others to grow spiritually and not break them spiritually. Amen!

God bless.

In Christ we serve

EXPLORATIONS UNITED

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (a):-


Matthew 7:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV) = (DO NOT JUDGE)
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Back to where we were > A) ‘Police’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (b):-


John 8:1-11 New King James Version (NKJV) = (THE STORY OF A WOMAN WHO WAS CAUGHT IN ADULTERY)
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?

11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.

Back to where we were > A) ‘Police’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (c):-


Titus 3:2-7 New King James Version (NKJV)  = (ALWAYS BE KIND TO OTHERS. REMEMBER WE WERE ONCE FOOLISH TOO)
2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Back to where we were > B) ‘Intimidating’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (d):-


Colossians 3:12 Amplified Bible (AMP) = (AS GOD’S CHILDREN, WE NEED TO LEARN TO BE KIND TO OTHERS AND BE PATIENT. GIVE TIME FOR OTHERS TO GROW)
12 So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]

Back to where we were > B) ‘Intimidating’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (e):-


1 Thessalonians 5:11 New King James Version (NKJV) = (WE ARE TO COMFORT AND BUILD EACH OTHER UP)
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Back to where we were > C) ‘I, me, myself’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (f):-


Galatians 6:2 New King James Version (NKJV) = (WE ARE TO CARE FOR OTHERS)
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Back to where we were > C) ‘I, me, myself’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (g):-


Exodus 4:10-11 New King James Version (NKJV) = (GOD USES THE WEAK. EXAMPLE: MOSES WHO WAS SLOW IN SPEECH)
10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Back to where we were > D) ‘Cannot’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (h):-


1 Samuel 16:7 New King James Version (NKJV) = (GOD USES THE WEAK. EXAMPLE: DAVID. ELIAB, THE OLDEST SON OF JESSE WAS REJECTED BY GOD EVEN THOUGH ELIAB LOOKED BETTER THAN DAVID)
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Back to where we were > D) ‘Cannot’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (i):-


Matthew 19:26 New King James Version (NKJV) = (WITH GOD, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE)
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Back to where we were > E) “YES, I CAN” and an ‘Encourager’ Christian?

BIBLE SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (j):-


Colossians 3:13 New King James Version (NKJV) = (DO NOT JUDGE ANYONE AND ALWAYS FORGIVE)
13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

Back to where we were > E) “YES, I CAN” and an ‘Encourager’ Christian?

Prayer: Father Lord, open our eyes, heart and mind so that we can learn from You each day. May we bring good news, blessings, healing & encouragement to others. Amen

Blessings.

In Christ we serve

EXPLORATIONS UNITED

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