I agree with grace and mercy and calling that forth but judgement does come and the Church is first to feel it. (1 Peter 4:17) I imagine some will mistake it for persecution and not realize the cause and effect of what we do and don’t do. Judgement does not equal condemnation. Judgement basically means a decree. There are good judgements and bad judgements ie. we are judged worthy of God’s love and reconciliation. I think of this also when bad things happen: Proverbs 19:3 and Romans 1 where our own actions discredit us and open the door for the enemy. Judgement is about restoration. I think about how God doesn’t hold the world’s sins against it yet the worlds holds in own sins against them. An unreconciled man will not breed reconciliation. Or I should say a man who doesn’t accept reconciliation will not accept reconciliation with others.
Now look at 1 John 4:17. We can have boldness in the day of judgement because as He is, so are we in this world. If they ground you walk on is stone then there is nothing to fear for fear involves torment but we have Perfect Love residing in us. But if there is sand then get to where the stone is. I had a dream about 9 years ago where all the townhouses around me were crumbling and being shaken and being destroyed but I declare my foundation is built upon a rock and my townhouse did not shake and wasn’t destroyed.The soil of our heart must be soft but the soil of our house must be rock. Hebrews 11:10(AMP) For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.
Sorry if some of my blogs seem like I ramble but I don’t always have the time to sit and properly construct my blogs…I type as I think sometimes. Be bless and walk in the fact that you are reconciled and God is making His appeal through you to others that they too are reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NASB)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, [a]he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and [b]He has [c]committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.