Richard Ritenbaugh, anticipating the impending inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, expresses the hope that all will be well in this transfer of power. The mainstream media has not concealed their contempt for whom they view as a polarizing figure, neither liberal or conservative, but secure in his own counsel. Regardless of the plethora of fake news generated by the state—run media, trying to paint him as someone who has "used his money and influence to skirt the law," everything he has allegedly done is not part of the record of his presidency. All that will begin on Friday, January 20, 2017, and we must wait to see how things will unfurl in actual governance—good or bad. The bar of justice and truth acceptable to God's called-out ones must be infinitely higher than what any government of man with his deceitful carnal nature can establish—a standard only possible by the rule of Jesus Christ.
David Maas reflects that, after God has forgiven our sins, He has, nevertheless, allowed residual memories of these transgressions to remain in our memory banks, evidently to aid us in the overcoming and sanctification process. Three major purposes God may have for our retaining the trace memories of our former sins are1) We learn to love God's holy law by experiencing the painful consequences and disastrous effects of lawlessness, developing a hatred or abhorrence for sin, in order that we purpose to never again repeat that experience; 2) The sins serve as a thorn in our flesh to keep us humble and far away from pride; and 3) We experience the ache these trace memories bring in order to help others now, or in the Millennium, who suffer from the same weaknesses and vulnerabilities as we have experienced throughout our lives. Whatever Satan has intended for bad, God has purposed for good.
In our interactions with others, it is easy to fall into the traps of judgmentalism, gossip, and unforgiveness. John Reid explores a better, more Christian option: mercy. It is time for us to overcome our natural, carnal reactions and implement patience and forbearance in our relationships.
We may not realize it, but our Christian lives are constantly under construction. It is this point of view that will make it easier for us to deal with both spiritual setbacks and progress.
The subject of judging is a sensitive one in this age. Is it proper for Christians to judge matters? What does the Bible say on the matter?
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