been said in it. I knew in my spirit that things were wrong and the writer was just so filled with hate. But it took me to prayer, to study and most definitely to the Bible itself.
If you are a Christian, you are going to come up against storms, trials, false accusations and at times it may seem like someone is hellbent to make you yourself out to be satan and feel inferior to them.
In the email, they referenced Matthew 7:1-5 yet neglected John 7:24 or any of the other scriptures on judgement. Matthew 7 refers to us judging others while we ourselves are doing the very things we are judging others for. John 7:24 tells us to judge correctly. The two need to go hand in hand and indeed actually mean the same thing. We cannot judge others while we ourselves are doing what we are judging them for.
My search took me to various teachers and pastors, learning and gleaning from those who certainly know more than me. I sought out wisdom. It turned out that my instinct was true. We need to be careful on who and how we judge but we would not be fulfilling our walk if we were not constantly examining ourselves and making others aware of things which aren't becoming of them. For instance... someone in recovery of addiction, can indeed help someone still suffering from the addiction. It isn't a negative judgment call on the one who is suffering, it's actually a loving thing to do.
But my search took me farther than just this... I ended up looking at all the theology they had professed in the email and two things stuck out... it wasn't biblical and it was hateful.
In Matthew 7:6 it tells us not to waste our time with those who adamantly do not want to see the truth. And we get a glimpse in 1 Peter 4 of what living for God looks like and we are told that others will not like it, they will want us to be our old selves with them. In the very first chapter of Proverbs, Solomon (known to be the wisest man who ever lived) gives the perfect account of three types of people who lack wisdom: simple, fools and mockers. Simple just don't know any better yet, they are young. Fools are those who in spite of knowing the consequences repeat their actions. Mockers are those who condemn, belittle, they scoff at those who do what is right, they're critical and condescending, they control and knock you off balance when you least expect it. They always TRY come off as the smartest person in the room, always right, never wrong, the last person to ever apologize and they control their world through criticism and their relationships through condescending.
Proverbs 9 says that whoever corrects a mocker invites insults and whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. It tells us not to rebuke a mocker for they will hate us. But if we rebuke the wise, they will love us. Rebuke is like a loving judgement. The wise WANT to learn and grow. A mocker is not interested in knowledge nor their own growth. Leave the mocker alone and let God deal with them! Your own sanity and your own spirituality are not worth the fight with a mocker... they just are not interested... period.
The writer of the email also tried to explain that God does not judge us, satan does. They actually asked if we were trying to mimic satan. Yet the Bible that they were quoting from is filled with God's judgement on those who are not with Him and do not love Him, and that He actually sits on the judgement seat; we are told that one day ALL will be judged by Him. It also says that Satan is the father of all lies. (See Romans 2 and John 8:44)
Those of us who are reaching for God more and more each day, those of us learning of, growing in and becoming all that our Christian walk predestined us to be WILL be judged. Matthew 13:40 says: “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age." But for us Christians, what is being judged and burned up? The weeds... the weeds of sin, anger, hate etc... the weeds that our enemy plants and we neglect to garden.
Remember, whatever thoughts we allow to say in our minds, grows in our hearts, which is why in Romans 12:2, Paul writes that we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds and then we will be able to test and approve what is God's will. Or as the Amplified Version says: And do not be conformed to this world any longer with its superficial values and customs, but be transformed and progressively changed as you mature spiritually by the renewing of your mind focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes, so that you may prove for yourselves what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect in His plan and purpose for you.
Giving our hearts and lives to Christ isn't a ticket to Heaven. Yes, that is our final destination, but it is what we do for Heaven that counts in this life. In Mark 4:21 Jesus asks: “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lamp stand?". With Christ in us, WE are lamps. We are meant to shine the light of Christ into the darkness of this world. We are not meant to keep it to ourselves.
Matthew 25 contains two awesome parables that Jesus told about what the Christian walk is like. We are not meant to burry what we have been given, we are meant to increase it with and for God's glory. (It also goes on to give an example of our own judgement before The Lord).
The more time I spend in God's word - reading the Bible, comparing translations, listening to a variety of pastors and preachers, reading books related to Christian living, overcoming, forgiveness etc - and of course time in prayer, the more grounded I become in Romans 12:2 and the more wisdom I gain on life.
It would be foolish to engage with a hateful person filled with venom and deceit. It is prudent to let them be and just pray that other godly people surround or encounter this person. (And as a side note, mentioning someone in your prayers is an incredible sign of your love for them!!).
Don't feel defeated when you come across this in your own walk... go to God and He will not only give you refuge under his wings but He will also lift you up accordingly. Hold on to the promise made in Isaiah 40:31: But those who wait for the Lord, who expect, look for, and hope in Him, Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings and rise up close to God like eagles rising toward the sun; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired. (AMP).
Let WISDOM be your best friend! Gain UNDERSTANDING through God's word, listening to those WISER than you and stay TRUE to the person God designed you to be!!!
Be blessed in your journey!!