Lenten Journey Day 4 – Rejoicing in Judgment

Matthew 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Psalm 67:1-7 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the people praise you, God; may all the people praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the people with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the people praise you, God; may all the people praise you. The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.”

Rejoicing in judgment…isn’t this an oxymoron? Why would someone rejoice in being judged and who would ask for judgment? Have you ever done something that in your heart you knew it was wrong? It’s like you are carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, fearful that someone will find out the truth and then what…our conscience literally begs for the burdens to be lifted and somehow forgiven and forgotten. As a Christian, I am learning that my relationship with Christ is strengthened when I am honest and transparent. It is not a pleasant feeling to voice my sins/wrongdoings but it is such a relief when I no longer feel the pressure and heaviness of holding onto them. There is freedom and relief with the arms of Jesus and His redeeming Grace & Mercy. God wants to be in our lives and longs to be your everything! Rejoice in God’s corrections, Hebrews 12:5-6 “And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Additional reading about discipline/redemption/forgiveness can be found in Hebrews 12:5-11. Jesus loves you and wants you in eternity with Him.

~Blessings and Peace~

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