Daily Devotional: Psalms 75:6-10
No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs. As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob. I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
Ja 3:17-18 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
This is one of the Psalms that brings up a lesson that could be filled with passages from both the O.T and the N.T. Troublemakers among the people of God is an abomination to him. What causes our problems? James says it is our lack of love, our greed, and our selfishness. Paul reminds us many times that God is the judge and we are not to judge each other. He also tells us that there will be some among us that are perverted and love arguing. He says we are to avoid these people.
The hard part of this is deciding when we need to stand for what we believe and when it is best to just keep quiet. I certainly do not have the answer that fits every situation we may face, but one rule does come to my mind. We can ask ourselves if what is being said really affects our salvation. In deciding this, we must rely on scripture and not our personal opinions. Remember, God is the judge, not us.
A person may be wrong in what they believe or even what they are doing, and God chooses to forgive them. In that case, when we condemn them, we are going against God. That is not to say that we cannot (or should not) discuss it with that person to try to find the truth. It does say that I (or you) may be the one that is wrong. It does say that I don’t know their heart and it is not my place to judge.
O Lord God, fill my heart with your wisdom, the wisdom from above which is first pure and then peaceable. Fill me with your Spirit so I can have a heart of love and always be able to disagree in a loving spirit, never being judgmental or mean in what I say or how I say it. Lord, I fully realize that I am not perfect, and I do not have a perfect understanding of your word, so I constantly need your forgiveness. Help me be willing to forgive others as you have forgiven me in Jesus. Thank you for loving me and teaching me to love others. In the name of Jesus, I pray.