Jim Wright is a church sower, public but unassuming, thinker, mentor, teacher, local church elder, motivated by redemption, foe of tyrants, friend of the dispossessed, retired international attorney, entrepreneur, former private pilot, and so-so bass fisherman.
Marianne is a retired public school teacher, private but strong, heart, skilled counselor, knows deep intimacy with God, a comfort to others in the Lord, wise, motivated by mercy but has strong resolve, gardener, and a bridge to healing for many.
Together, we have been part of a community of simple, participatory fellowships for many years in our own home county - some of which we helped start.
Our blogs and devotionals spring from firm roots in those local fellowships.
Thank you Jim,
For the second one, I prefer the word “assess”
We are not to ‘judge’ – as in “The Great White Throne” connotation – but we have to ASSESS in order to live our lives and make our choices.
I find that in assessing, ….. this is what helps to bring perspective, and God’s Truth about forgiveness and mercy becomes more personal.
We hate evil, yes, most certainly…….. but we do not have to hate the people who commit it. We can be willing to assess, and not to judge any person, understanding that it is only God who knows the whole picture. Then we can bring the people who do evil to the Throne of Grace and pray that Our Father may have mercy on their souls for the actions which fell so far short of His will.
Susan, there are many, many passages where we are told to judge. I think the point, however, is that we are not to do so with a judgmental attitude, or with hypocrisy.
I’ve heard good teaching that indicates we are not to judge people but we are expected to judge their ministries , teachings, and the outcome of their lives.