Before we get into this, it is important that we understand the “PURPOSE” for judgment. It is very unlike what most believers have thought. It is ALWAYS for good. The end of judgment is not for annihilation or retribution. Our Father’s righteous judgments bring us to a place of repentance in all aspects of the flesh. When this is understood, we can embrace and learn of our Father on this subject.
Brakes! Oh yes, if you had your brakes on concerning the above statements, I want to ask you to stay on board long enough to read the article titled: “PURPOSE IN RELATIONSHIP” on this website, then come back and read the rest of “Judgment”. Thank you!
The understanding of the word judgment must be taken from the whole of scripture. There are some 785 scriptures on judge/judgment. To just pull out a couple of scriptures and try to build a picture of true, Godly judgment would be an injustice to yourself. It is unlike man’s judgments, which are critical and condemning. Father’s judgments are completely different. Everything He does is for the good of all humanity. Father’s judgments never end in annihilation or retribution. They end in restoration. Father’s righteous judgments bring all of humanity to a place of repentance and reconciliation. When this is understood, we will not cower from Him, but we will learn and embrace Father’s judgments.
So, let’s stop making God in our image, and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us Father’s way in JUDGMENT!
Let us begin with a sovereign judgment by our Father:
John 12:31-33: Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men unto me. Jesus said this, signifying what death he should die.
We see by this that our Father judged the world when Jesus died on the cross. This is the result of that judgment: Father declared ALL of us reconciled unto Himself.
2nd Corinthians 5:19: For God was in Christ, who has reconciled the world with his majesty, NOT counting their sins against them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
God made a DECISION to cast out the prince of this world and reconcile all of us to Himself. Our Father considered the situation, and then made a DECISION, which was His judgment to make.
HEREIN is LOVE. Not that we loved God, but He loved us. This was a one-time judgment, wherein our Father included ALL of humanity. We understand from this, what is meant by the scripture that says, “God is no respecter of persons.” It has to do with His heart for everyone. He is the Savior of All, especially to those who believe. 1st Timothy 4:10 (Again, if you hit your brakes here, (Please read: PURPOSE IN RELATIONSHIP) This judgment was NOT condemning and was motivated by our Father’s love for the world. For our Father did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
1st Corinthians 6:2a: Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world?
Obadiah 21: Saviors (Judges) shall come up on Mount Zion (highest spiritual realm in God) to judge the mount of Esau (flesh).
Revelation 20:4a: I saw thrones and those (mature sons of God) that sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. v.5 says this is the first resurrection.
John 7:25: Judge not according to the appearance but judge righteous judgment. Obviously, this does not say, “NOT” to judge.
We learn from the above scriptures that there are times when it is right to judge. Therefore, it becomes imperative for the kings and priests of God to learn judgment. WE would never imply that one should ALWAYS judge. No! It is possible that someone is not mature enough to judge. However, we cannot go along with many who say that we are NEVER to judge. Scripture simply does not convey this! When Paul was “in the spirit” (he was not there physically) with the church at Corinth, they handed a man over to Satan. Why? To save him! That seems drastic to us today, but it was not to them; so, we have some things to learn here. Once we understand how this will benefit the body of Christ, we will embrace it. We will grow into the understanding.
Without judgment there is no need for mercy. Without mercy, there is no righteous judgment. Mercy triumphs over judgment because when one judges righteous judgment, it always brings mercy with it so that the one in sin is made free.
Over the years, we have come to see the importance of meeting certain qualifications to judge. Here are 5 of them!
1. All judgment must be motivated by LOVE.
So, you bring a judgment in love, and someone feels condemned, but it is not necessarily because of the one judging; it may very well be because the hearer does not want to hear you or believe you. Why?
John 3:18: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Yes, we used only a portion of the above scripture. It is because in context, it is speaking about those who do not know the Son… but we want to demonstrate a principle that is at work when we, as believers, do not receive what is written or spoken about judgment. So, if someone comes to us with a judgment concerning something we are doing that is damaging us, and we do not receive them, we may very well feel condemned instead of receiving it and growing thereby.
Conclusion to #1 – Without mercy (which is an attribute of love), judgment will never produce the desired results (which is correction unto LIFE). Recall the words of Jesus: “For with what judgment you mete, it shall be measured to you again.” If we are swift to judgment, we fall short of our Father’s mercy. He has been merciful to us; likewise, we can exercise mercy towards others. Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).
2. Judgment must be according to the word and will of God!
The primary stipulation given for believers regarding judging is that we CANNOT proclaim our OWN judgments based on our own opinions, but to pronounce a judgment of God, it must be according to His word. Jesus is our best example.
John 5:30: I can of mine own self do nothing; as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
John 8:15-16: Only judgments that come from God are true. “Ye judge after the flesh: I judge no man (pre-believers). And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
John 12:47: And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: FOR I CAME NOT TO JUDGE THE WORLD, but to save the world (Pre-believers). He that rejects me and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (This is concerning salvation.)
Conclusion to #2 – Judgment is manifested by the Spirit of God to those within your sphere of influence, based on God’s will and His word.
3. An understanding heart is another qualification to bring a judgment from God.
1st Kings 3:9: “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and bad”. This was a man who was judging God’s people in the Old Testament. It is however, a foreshadow of the kings and priests of God who will judge the nations in the first resurrection. (Rev. 20:4) This is why it is very important for us to learn judgment. Ask Father for an understanding heart.
James 1:5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids NOT; and it shall be given him.
1st Corinthians 5:15: He who is spiritual judges all things. This has reference to examining or trying… Amplified: But the spiritual man tries all things, that is, he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things.
1st Corinthians 7:25: Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that has obtained mercy of the Lord to be FAITHFUL.
It looks like faithfulness is also a requirement for judging righteous judgment.
Conclusion to #3 – We can ask for an understanding heart to discern good and evil. We must discern, IF we are to judge righteously. Righteous judgment requires spiritual maturity.
4. Judgment is blind and deaf to outer influence.
Proverbs 24:23: These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Example: Letting your children, friends, relatives, or pastors get away with something that you would judge as error in someone else is not in accordance with scripture.
Conclusion to #4 – Righteous judgment comes from within, not influenced by natural feelings.
5. Judge yourself first!
1st Corinthians 11:30-31: For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
The Greek word for judge in the scripture above is DIAKRINO. It means judge, discern, make a distinction and is used as a verb.
Judging our every-day living:
This is from Paul’s pen addressing the proper communion table. It is at the communion table that we are to judge ourselves. We do this by pausing to examine ourselves by the word of God. This table is centered around the death of Christ, more correctly; HOW he died. He suffered in the flesh. This is what happens to us whenever we say no to our flesh. It is called, “denying SELF: It is how we partake in the “sufferings” of Christ. We judge our SELF at this table through examining our walk with God. When needed, we say no to our flesh and agree with God’s word. This is how we partake of the suffering that Jesus suffered on the cross. He denied the flesh and obeyed the word of God. We go, and do likewise.
Judging our understanding: Can we pray to God to show us what we believe that is not true?
Psalms 139:23-24: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.
Conclusion to #5 – Judgment of myself includes my everyday life, as well as my thoughts and understanding.
#6. NOT JUDGING…
1st Corinthians 4:3: But with me it is a small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge NOT mine own self.
The word “judged” in the above scripture is ANAKRINO, and is used as a verb: judge (in both a general and legal sense) means judged, judges, examined, asking questions, and searched. Here, in context, Paul was speaking of his end time stewardship. In other words, it is speaking of his rewards. Now we understand why he said he was not being judged by man or himself. His rewards are up to our God. We cannot judge our own stewardship nor anyone else’s.
Romans 14:22: Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows.
1st John 3:20: For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
Colossians 2:16: Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days.
Romans Ch. 14: This chapter discusses meats, drink, unclean things, and esteeming a certain day as one day being more important for worship than others. This chapter makes a point about those who are weaker in their faith; they cannot do some things that others have the liberty in Christ to do. Do not judge anyone who MUST worship on a certain day, who CANNOT eat or drink certain things without it violating their conscience.
The Greek word for judge in Romans 14 is “KRINO”. It means to decide, consider, as preferring one thing over another or determining the correctness of a matter. By extension: to judge, pass judgment on, condemn in a legal sense: sue at the law.
Conclusion to #6: We are not to judge certain things. They are listed in the Bible, and it would behoove us to learn them.
In conclusion to this teaching on judgment, let us remember two scriptures:
Psalms 37:30: The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment.
Seems like, in the church, everything is done to avoid speaking of judgment.
This article is by no means exhaustive. It is just for your consideration as we move into a love maturity in the understanding of judgment with our Father.
For further inspiration on the “HOW” to judge, we have an amazing teaching by Jamie Luck:
I titled this lesson “Mercy and Judgment” because we are learning to be like our Father who is merciful in all of His judgments. We are all in a process of learning what our Father is really like and He does that through experience most of the time.
You don’t know what forgiveness is until you know somebody that you “really” have to forgive from the depths of your heart and you really don’t know what mercy is until you have to show it from the depth of your heart. It’s one thing to show mercy when you are not necessarily affected by the perpetrator’s wrongdoing. But when you are the victim of that wrongdoing, it is much harder to show mercy. This is when you really learn what mercy is.
When you go through the Bible, the primary person that mercy is described of, is God. In the majority of the bible, We only have God to look to , to teach us about mercy. There are very few men in the bible that can really teach us what mercy is, as coming from the heart of God.
We know that our Father is a judge. Abraham said, “will not the judge of all the earth do right?” So we, like Him are judges, or will be judges. This is coming so fresh to me; the role that Jesus filled, we will fill too, as His mature sons. We will be judges; we will be priests (which means we will be intercessors-servants); all the roles that Jesus did. So, God is organizing all of our circumstances to teach us whatever is necessary for the role and to do it the way that He would do it. So, if we know that our Father is a judge and we know that we are going to judge too, we know that we are being trained to judge the way that He would judge. In all things Father is teaching us that “this is the way that I do it.” It doesn’t really mean that there is a certain protocol that you must follow. You must have the heart of God and the mind of God, to do what He would do in a given circumstance as a priest, as a judge, as an intercessor, as a servant, whatever the role may be, you are learning to do it with the heart and mind of God. So obviously, God wants us to judge the way that He judges.
I want to use Hebrews 4:14-16 because I feel this passage sums up all the points I want to make in this teaching. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus as the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess, for we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one, who in every way was tempted even as we are, yet without sin. Let us approach God’s throne of mercy and grace with confidence so that we may find grace and mercy in our time of need.
Concerning the above verse (which I did not think of this prior to this lesson), when I go to God’s throne, I’m going before the judge of all the earth, knowing that a throne is equivalent with the judge, (especially in the Old Covenant) because the King who sat on the throne was also the law of the land. Whatever the judge said was the law. When you read revelation, thrones are associated with judgment.
I’m going before the judge of all the earth and according to Heb. 4, I can go with boldness to find grace and mercy in time of need. I’m still breaking off that wrong mind-set of judge and judgment. I sometimes still have a negative connotation with that sometimes. But this verse is telling me I get to go boldly; I get to go confidently; I get to go with expectation that when I get to that throne, I am going to find mercy and grace to help me. That tells me right there that our Father who is the judge of all the earth, (who will only do right) judges with mercy and with grace.
This is a bit of a tangent, but mercy and judgment are very close related but they are not the same. The definition I use for grace is “The empowering Presence of God” in a man or woman to be all that God created them to be. I would say that the way mercy is generally defined is “Not receiving what you deserve. So I simultaneously go before the judge of all the earth and I do not get what I deserve, but grace which is receiving all God empowers me to be.
So when I translate unto myself (because I am learning to be like my Father), I both receive the mercy and grace and turn and give it also. I want to be like my Dad. When I judge I want to extend mercy and grace. Does that mean there is no action taken? NO, but I am going to talk about that later. Mercy needs to be the lens that I use in all situations. How can I show mercy? How can I show grace? Because that is how my Father is; He is always looking to show mercy and grace in all of His judgments.
Let’s look at Luke Chapter 6:37-38 Jesus says, “Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Pardon and you will be pardoned. Give and it shall be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you in return.
I was reading through Leviticus for a totally unrelated reason and came across the law of equal weights and measures. I was like, huh, this is really interesting. This sounds a lot like what Jesus said in Luke Ch. 6. So, I put those 2 together and that is exactly what He is doing. He is saying “This is how you are supposed to be. This is what is fair.” This is what the law of weights and measures in Leviticus is all about. If you are going to weigh a homer of barley this way for one person, then you have to weigh it the same for someone else. It’s got to be fair; it’s got to be even. This is what Jesus is saying in Luke, it’s got to be fair. The standard that you use is the standard that will be used in return. This is the minimal requirement to be a judge by God’s standard. You at least have to be fair. Ok? You at least have to use the same standard for everyone else that you want used toward you.
Jesus starts off with the better way when he expounds on this idea of how to treat other people. This starts in verse 27, “but I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you, whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also. Whoever takes your cloak, do not withhold from him your shirt either. Give to those who ask of you and whoever takes what is yours, do not demand it back.” This is really the better way to judge other people.
When I use the word judge, I really mean “how we inter-act with people” because we are making judgments all the time. I walk up to somebody and I see a certain way that they are dressed, and I make a judgment about it. Out of that judgment, a lot of times, determines my behavior towards that person. So, we are making judgments all the time.
This is not like, I am in a courtroom and one party is on one side of the room and I am over on the other, that’s kind of the vision that comes into our mind but we are making judgments all the time; we are acting as judges everyday. But what we want to do is to learn to judge like our Father does. So with our inter-action with people, this is why Jesus says this first: “The best way to judge is to be generous like your Father, to give, to love your enemies. He ends this with the verse that says, “Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father is merciful.” I realized Jesus gives His thesis statement last. All that preceded “Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father is merciful. All the statements made: be generous, give, love your enemies are all examples of how our Father is merciful.
So, mercy is just another facet of love. He teaches us to love our enemies so everything that is in between those is manifestations of love and mercy. So this is how you approach a situation when you judge. I want you to look to be generous like your Father. I want you to look to give and be sacrificial because that is what our Father does. This is the best way to judge. This is “HESED”. I keep coming back to this word because it is so beautiful. The reason it is translated mercy, kindness, goodness, and loving kindness is because they are all so interrelated. Sometimes they are so closely related that it is hard to distinguish one from another. Because God’s mercy is not just: “I’m not going to kill you”, but it’s withholding the harshest retribution and giving goodness. That’s what Jesus was explaining to us. If they want to take your cloak, give then your shirt too. You are going the extra measure, because that is what God does.
As I have contemplated how God judges me, it is completely re-framing how I approach others because I am a “one strike and you are out” kind of a person (shocking I know.) Stands with a Fist gives you one strike and you are out! lol But, I have been so convicted because that is not how my Father is. Like Bonnie was saying, “God never gives up on anybody.” He is so long suffering; He is so merciful; He is so ready to show goodness and kindness. It is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance. He is so wanting to show us kindness and goodness and HESED. So, that is how we are to be
When we put mercy and judgment together, in our world’s mindset, those are mutually exclusive. You either have mercy or you have judgment. But the two cannot be married together. But the Bible tells us the opposite. The Bible tells us that they go together beautifully. We know that because our Father who can only do right is merciful, so of course they go together. This is why I wanted you to read Micah 6:8 because loving mercy and doing justly go together. It is not either, or! The heart of God is perfectly just and perfectly merciful, and perfectly gracious. Doing it with God’s mind then it is in complete harmony. “He has shown you oh man what is good.” This is good. “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with thy God.” Acting justly and loving mercy go together. They go hand in hand. Because this is how our Father is. If we just lived by this one verse, the entire church would be completely different. Because when you want to act justly, impartially, being fair, judging fairly, and you want to show mercy, you will walk humbly with God because it is impossible to do those two things and not be humble before God and say, “God, I need your mind. I want to walk with you, I want to be in union with you so that I will treat people the way you do. So that I will love justice the way you do. I will not be impartial towards anyone and I will be merciful to anyone.
That verse is so beautiful to me; the justice in me says that I can love justice but I can simultaneously love mercy because that is how my Father is. Mercy for so long meant weakness and that is a very carnal mindset about it. But, mercy with God is really Supreme power and authority because it takes a tremendous amount of strength to show mercy.
Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. I would venture to say that truth in this verse, we could substitute justice because the purpose of the judge is to present the truth in a situation; like weigh the evidence and apply the truth of the law and make a decision. So, in this verse, mercy and truth are coming together. That is God’s heart.
Mercy does not deny the sin. We do not say ,”Oh well, you didn’t do that or ignoring it”. This is not the case. That would not be the truth. Mercy and truth have met together. So, mercy does not deny the truth of the sin. Showing mercy does not mean that you take no action against the perpetrator. That’s really important. I mean that mostly directed at myself. Because I think that’s always been my perception; that there is not action taken against the perpetrator. That is not the case either.
We need the mind of Christ because this is a fluid relationship with Him. We can’t say in every situation “this is where you draw the line” and we start imposing consequences and where mercy starts you don’t impose a consequence and after this we you do.
When I studied this and compared it to Hosea, I saw what motivates us when we are applying consequences and gaging how much mercy to show, is that we are motivated by the hope that the perpetrator will repent and come back and change their mind. So, just like with a child that you are trying to train up there have to be consequences to it’s actions but it is always with the hope that they would learn. I don’t have children but I am assuming that each parent would say that their hope is not just that they would be spanked but that it would lead unto righteousness and an understanding. It is the same when we make our judgments, there has to be consequences. But we don’t have to apply the full weight of the letter of the law. We can show mercy in hopes that that kindness would lead that person to repentance.
Mercy means that what is done is less than what the “full payment would be” and it is done with the hope that the perpetrator will repent. What is this hope behind the mercy shown? The hope is that the victim will, one day if not immediately, repent and there would be restoration of the relationship. There is a loyalty to the sinner that doesn’t give up on them. This is why mercy is a display of love, because love is loyal. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. That came so fresh to me. Even when you have to put someone away (and this is applicable with forgiveness because I would say that it is very much inner twined with mercy.) When we speak of forgiveness, we decide whether we put the person away or let them go. But even when we do that, in our heart, there is a loyalty to that person where we desire that they would come back, to us, to God, to whomever they had a broken relationship with. It is all about relationship with God; it is not about right and wrongs and do’s and don’ts. It is about relationships being restored. So, even people I have had to push away and let go to God, I still have, in my heart, a loyalty to them which is a love for them that they would, even in our separation, come back to God. I have not gone, “well good riddance” and washed my hands of them and said, “be gone to God.” I still have a desire in my heart that they would turn.
So, bringing this around to Hosea… this is what I saw God and subsequently Hosea when it comes to mercy and judgment. Hosea divorced Gomer, as He is standing in the place of God. We are going to look at towhy we know Hosea divorced Gomer. It is because Gomer is standing in the place of God and God divorced Israel.
In Jeremiah 3:8 God gave Israel a writ of divorce. Hosea is roll playing for God so he gave Gomer a writ of divorce. Ch. 2 of Hosea, Hosea says, “contend with your mother for I am not her husband.” So you have to read between the lines a bit but in that same chapter Gomer says, “I will go back to my first husband.” Basically because it was so much better with him. So, Hosea did at some point, divorce Gomer. I am making a parallel to God and the nation of Israel as Gomer went back to her harlotry just like Israel did. They were playing the harlot with God. My point is that because Hosea was married to her and she committed adultery, he had the legal right to have her killed because the law said adultery was worthy of being stoned to death.
Hosea could have commanded Gomer to be killed but he didn’t. He just gave her a writ of divorce. Some commentaries say the language used in Hosea Ch. 2 where it says, I am not her husband; she is not my wife.. that that is most likely language that was used in that day in a writ of divorce so it would be recognized as divorce paper language. So right there we see Hosea is merciful to Gomer. He didn’t institute the full measure that the law called for in his treatment of her. He showed her mercy. He let her live. He just divorced her. He puts her away. But why would he just put her away. Well, like God, he wants her to be restored to him. I know that was in the heart of Hosea because Hosea is standing in the place of God, feeling what God feels; doing what God does, feeling what God feels. That’s what an intercessor does. You don’t just externally experience the same thing that the party you are representing are, you feel those feelings internally and externally. So Hosea is feeling what God feels. His heart is the same as God’s. I want Gomer to be restored to me. There has to be consequences, but I am going to show her mercy In the consequences, even still. So he doesn’t have her killed, he divorces her.
Mercy always includes the hope of turning the heart of the other person. Hosea Ch. 2:7 She will pursue her lovers but not catch them; she will seek them but not find them. Then she will say, “I will go back to my first husband, for then I was better off then now.” And she did not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the wine, and the oil, and lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal.
But Gomer is playing the part of Israel. She is saying, she recognizes; “wow, I should go back to Hosea. This is better for me.” That is what happens. In Hosea 3:1 The Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, through they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.”
The word that is translated love there is 2 different words. It is a much stronger word when it is talking about God loving Israel than it is about a husband loving the wife and the people loving raisins cakes which is a lesser love; kind of like an eros love. But the love of God…that is the hessed love, a much stronger word on love.
But, we see here, there is now a restoration of the relationship. Hosea, who has been, I know, in all this time that has lapsed between when he divorced Gomer and now going and buying her back and bringing her back to himself, he has desired her to be restored to him because he has the heart of Father which is that Israel would be restored to Him.
Paul says in Romans 2:4: It is the kindness of God that leads to repentance. This is where I love “hessed” because it captures mercy, and goodness, and kindness. All of those can be simultaneously extended to the perpetrator. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t consequences. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t a severance of the relationship. But when you are the victim, your heart is that that person would be restored to you and to God and to anybody else they have been severed from. You have to impose consequences; otherwise we don’t learn. But your hope is that when you don’t show the full measure of the consequence that you could that in that mercy and the kindness that you show them, you send them away even with goodness that they would turn their heart back to God and back to you. So, when you give the perpetrator what they don’t deserve; you don’t inflict the full punishment, and on top of that you show them goodness and kindness, you open them up to an opportunity to repent. Just like God. You fulfill Romans 2:4. Just like God does. You give them the opportunity to turn and repent. That is what repentance is; you turn; you change your mind; you change your direction. So, you stand in the place of God and do that for that person. I had never connected that before. I always thought well, it is the kindness of God only that leads people to repentance. It’s true, it does. But we have the same opportunity to stand in God’s place. We are here representing Him. We can show kindness that will lead people to repentance.
So much in these verses came alive to me in a way that they hadn’t before now.
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