HERE COMES THE JUDGE
A judge is someone who pronounces judgment on someone or something.
One thing that you may have a tendency to do is pass judgment on our SPOUSE.
In Hebrew, the word for “judge” is SHOPHET and God is the judge of the whole world.
Only God is competent to know the motivation of hearts and minds.
In the Old Testament, God often sent His prophets to rebuke Israel’s rulers for being UNJUST to the widows, the fatherless, the poor and the aliens.
Are you like Israel’s rulers and being unjust with your judgment concerning your spouse.
Matt.7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
“You… have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things…do you think you will escape God’s judgment…” (Rom. 2:1-4)
Ask God to keep you from becoming critical and judgmental of your spouse and others.
CONFESS to God if you have the tendency to judge your spouses motivations.
Do you know how it feels to be unjustly accused of an offense?
Rom.2:4 “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience…”
This verse is excellent because it shows what God EXPECTS of us: kind, tolerant and patient.
These are actions that we need to use on our spouse the next time we don’t understand them: kindness, tolerance and patience.
Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could special order a PUNISHMENT just for your husband?
Do you wish for a punishment that would duplicate the hurt you have gone through?
Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life or you will find signs of “bitterness” and a “desire for revenge” creep into your heart.
You need to trust God because judgment belongs to Him, not to you!
The real victory comes when you ESCAPE the implanting of bitterness and resentment in your heart.
You may evaluate the actions of your spouse, but only God should judge the motives in their heart.
It may seem awkward to understand how God can be your shepherd and healer but also your JUDGE.
God wants you free from eternal judgment and that is why he judges you here on earth.
Injustice is everywhere but don’t let it DESTROY your marriage.
Live happily with your spouse today as though there is no tomorrow.
Ask God to give you a MERCIFUL heart towards your spouse no matter what their attitude might be.
God is gracious and compassionate with you.
Isa.30:18 “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
He rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of Justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!”
NOTE: Tomorrows post will be filled with more encouraging marital nuggets.