Ashley’s Devotional – Casting Stones

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-For we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God- Romans 3:23

cast first stone

We all have weaknesses, some are worse than others. One of my biggest ones is judging others. I have always struggled with this. It was pretty bad in middle and high school, I did and said some very Unchristian things to people. It got better in college and once I got older, but I sometimes still catch myself doing it. Imminently, I feel guilty and ask God to forgive me, I automatically wonder I did I allow my mind to drift back to that. I truly know that I am no better than others, and I know that God made everyone in his image. So, why? Why is this so hard for me?

This is nothing new to Christians. We can read all over the bible there are references to not judging others:

Matthew 7:1-5 Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you renounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but you do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, let me take that speck out your eye, when there is a log in your eye. You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven.

Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “ You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is god for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Even as I read the verses in the bible that speak about judging others, I am perplexed as to why I fall into this trap so often?

Each morning, during my drive to work, I ask God to use me for his glory and to allow people to see him through me. I truly want that. I want God to use me and to be the “light” for others.

I am very hard on myself when it comes to this. I think, “How can God use me if I allow the devil to win all the time?” “God can’t use me, not if I keep this up.”

That is only the devil getting to me.

Finally, I realized…

God does not call the equipped, he qualifies the called.

Yes, I struggle almost daily with (judging, pride, etc) but, I have to give it to God DAILY. And for right now that is okay. One day, hopefully, I won’t have to come to God daily with this. But for now, I have to rely on God, I have to lean on him for strength and guidance.

I want this to tie back to LOVE.

We are called to love everyone as we love ourselves. This is what I remind myself of each day. I try to tell myself (when I want to think negative thoughts) that God loves them like he loves me.
I love the song “Proof of your love” by for King & Country

If I sing but don’t have love
I waste my breath with every song
I bring an empty voice, a hollow noise
If I speak with a silver tongue
Convince a crowd but don’t have love
I leave a bitter taste with every word I say

So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love

The lyrics are so true. If I do these things without LOVE, it’s wasted. I might as well not have even done them.

I don’t want my morning prayer to be in vain, I want God to work through me.

So that means I have to change ME…

I have to put up the effort to change, I have to put myself out there and live my life to GLORIFY GOD.

When I want to think I am better, or say something ugly about someone else. I will lean on God to help me. I want to show love to people and care about people. (which is not in my “normal” characteristics) I do have to remember that God wants me to LOVE and not judge or bring people down.

I feel like I have gotten off track, so my focus for today is…

Love others as you love yourself and remember God created us all in his image.

He paid for ALL our sins with the SAME BLOOD. His blood paid for it all. Yours, mine, the guy down the road, people in another country, EVERYONE’S!!

 

Author: Rick Blakeney