You are probably wondering, what does the “D” word mean? First clue, this article is not talking about divorce.
As Christians we are supposed to walk in the spirit and see things the way the Lord sees things. That’s the standard and what is expected of Christians.
Recently l read an article of a Pastor that disgusted himself and dressed as a homeless man and went to church. He was surprised at the poor treatment he received.
Has anyone tried to size you up? May be you are a single parent, single not married, divorced, a Pastor or leader with a small congregation? Come from a poor family background? Struggled with studies and education, the lists go on!
When we become new creatures in Christ our real identity is that of Christ. He that is joined to Christ is one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6: 17) ,No ye no man after the flesh (2 Corinthians 5:16).
Many have aborted or not encouraged God ordained relationships because of the “D” word.
So what is the “D” word?
Lets have a look at this scripture:
Romans 14: 9 to 13 (KJV)
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Amplified version reads verse 10 at this:
10 Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Looking down on others or despising others is the “D” word this article is referring too. How careful we need to be. Looking at this carefully the scripture is warning about looking down or despising our brothers i.e. our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. That’s the “D” word. An attitude that must be avoided at all costs. Remember, we shall all (nobody is exempt) stand before the judgement seat of God.
Have you been looked down upon? Lift up your eyes, those opinions are not from God neither do they represent God so reject them. Do you look down on others? Repent and take on the true character of God.
Don’t let anyone make you feel less, it’s all a lie, your true identity is with Christ!. And if you happen to hang around those that want to put you down or despise you, perhaps its time to change company.
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson