Your Record || by Pastor Newton Fairweather
Recently I was talking with a friend about what has been happening in various areas of the country. It seems to him as if it was not one thing it was another. As I spoke with my friend it brought to my attention the records of some of the people who have lost their lives in some of these social unrest situations while being arrested. As I ponder my friend's comment it occurs to me that all of us have a record. So I just wanted to ask you a few questions. Look back over your life, have you ever done anything wrong? What if GOD had conducted a trial immediately after we were found to be in the wrong? What would be the evidence against you? What if GOD takes away the grace that has often expunge our records? What if the “Sea of forgetfulness” where our records, our sins were thrown could be dredged? And finally what if Jesus did not die on the cross for our sins? Think about this. What you will discover is that we are no different than the guy with the record. The only difference is that GOD afforded us his grace and mercy.
Matthew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Two things jump out at you in this passage, one is that we should not judge, and second every time we judge others we are setting up the standards by which we will also be judged. Does this standard apply to everyone? Yes, it does, because in God’s eyes we are all equal.