Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
He will render to each one according to his works: 7
to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8
But for those who are self-seeking [contentious] and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.
For God shows no partiality.
12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel,
God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19
and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind,
a light to those who are in darkness, 20
an instructor of the foolish,
a teacher of children,
having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21
you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself?!
While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded [counted] as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically[by nature] uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code[the letter] and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29
But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter.
His praise is not from man but from God.
Romans 2 was a friend to me last Thursday afternoon, as I was reading past the required reading. This passage held my hand during a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of new situations, judgements, my mother's visit, my husband and son departing for Disc Golf. And a dying friend and grieving wife. And the joy of my Mother-in-law's Birthday.
God is Alive! He is Alive!
Meeting our needs when we need His Hand. God is telling us of Today.
The Holy Spirit Living in Paul spoke of receiving the Praise of God.
! Corinthians 4
1 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court.
God carries us when life is fraught in need of improvement! Thank You, Father God. Romans 2 tells us when we judge people we put a magnifying glass upon ourselves. Dr. Ed Young, of Houston's 2nd Baptist, completely explained Romans 2 on Sunday. All of Romans 2 Lived! This was my celebrated hour watching Dr. Young's sermon. God knows our secrets and HE will judge our actions. Joel Olsteen was equally marvelous saying Take the Peace God Gives You, in paraphrase form.
The INCREDIBLE GOOD NEWS is that JESUS takes our Secrets, our Sins and Covers that with His Innocence. We are washed to become White as Jesus says "I took that Sin far from you. I have given you Life." Dr. Young went on to say that the neighbor woman screaming at him over her Bible to clean up or face hell didn't do a thing for him except to go in the house. His college roommate Walter, challenged him gently that Dr. Young - a college man - was living exactly as an atheist. Walter said if you CAN KNOW GOD - that's the most precious and important aspect of Life. Eternal Life. And an atheist changed Dr. Young's life.
Romans 2 tells us we all face our own judgments and our own opinions of ourselves.
What will lift your heart is seeing an embittered heart touched by God.
This will grab your heart and lift you for some time.
Even more lifting when this is - your heart!
A Wonder of God - changes hearts and lives. And God won't stop there.
Stephen had his back prayed for. And healed. Stephen had gone to a specific place to pray, he'd heard another back had been healed.
As he told his wife, Donna, they saw glitter. Gold glitter over Steven and the floor. Gold Glitter. Glitter will cling to you. As they got in the car, the glitter was Gone. But not the Glory. God was so tickled at the Joy of Stephen - he sent him a message of Wonder from his best Pastor Bishop to Stephen's heart. You could tell the Wonder that God Loves Stephen so Much - HE is continuing to speak to Stephen. God Loves the wonder of "HE LOVES ME!" And GOD Loves to See HIS Wonders appreciated with an open heart.I was so blessed to hear of this blessing.
Seeing Kindness move people is restoring. This last week I saw a young woman reach out for the life of her younger brother's baby. When she learned that GED classes were available for free, she did agree that four people would have a GED before the next class started. Numbers were collected for two wedding ceremonies. Lives were changed and a young expectant mom said "This is A Good Place. Can we all see the ultrasound?"
God says HE will judge us on our works. These four lives reached upward to bring life forth. They said to each other - "we will remember this day for all of our lives."
Young people are making decisions to GO FORTH UPWARD in God's Plan.
Boast in God and know His will and approve what is Excellent.
Kindness moves people.
Seeing Love, a Very Devoted Wife caring for her terminally ill husband, doing all she can, hearing of their good run. Wishing they'd had more years. The Good Fight has been fought. Glory ahead. Tears today.
Seeing kindness in the Tailor, at Church, having a kind woman leap to get a door.
Having a friend come fix our 3 light switches and now they have a new skill. Thank God.
A Mother-in-Law asking for travel for a Birthday Meal. My time with my mom and her Kindnesses to me. Seeing faces of concern and care. Seeing Edward enjoy his life and talking to our son Cal. Watching Cal get out of his one room apartment. Having my mom help clean his room and get new window coverings - Surprising and pleasing Cal. Watching my son reconnect with his old friends. Having Kyle dog sit for love and seeing new maturity create peace. Getting to talk to my younger son for continuous days at college. Seeing the Gastroenteritis progressing around our area didn't eat him. He asked me for counsel to mend a disagreement. Knowing a disagreement is mended.
Seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life!
Delve into God's Goodness with Gratitude. Make lists, take names of what IS good. Jesus and Joel Olsteen will tell you.
People who are encouragers. The man at Church who said, "I'm behind you. Not to the right or the left!" Hearing God's Word held in Love will lift you for a year. Thank you.
Thank You, God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for the ones we love. Thank you for the results of Your love. We know to Expect you to strengthen our lives for Your glory. Bless us as we go forth in Jesus Christ. Let Your will and plan for our lives be instructed through Wonders and Mercy. Let us be led by you to be effective and pleasing to You. We want to always Hear from You Father God. Blessings to YOU for Jesus. Amen.
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