To Judge or Not to Judge?

Guest Blogger, Laura Smith

A righteous judge always considers all the evidence and statements from eyewitnesses before coming to a verdict. A skilled judge perceives the heart of the matter and discerns whether a person is lying or being honest. He has been in the business long enough and has seen enough people come through who were very convincing, and even has memories of cases that came through his courtroom in his early years that he second guessed himself on his ruling.

Finding You By Identifying Your Strengths

By identifying your strengths you allow others around you to embrace theirs.

Imagine a world where everyone was who they were born to be!

When you embrace who you are, a world of limitless possibilities unveils itself.  Imagine what the world would be like if people focused more on whothey were as individuals rather than judging what they thought every one else was.  There isn’t a person alive on this earth that hasn’t judged another person through their own limited perspectives and experiences, not knowing the whole picture behind what they judge.

The Hidden Lies Behind “Being Saved”

Ever notice how people react these days, to the question of “Are you saved?” The meaning and ‘punch’ of what that question meant has become blurred through time and one horrific life event after another.

Whether watched over the news or experienced in your personal life, if you have been “saved” you may wonder why you are still struggling and in pain and/or confusion about what you thought would change in your life after you were ‘saved.”

The hidden lie behind ‘being saved’ is actually a very subtle and quiet assumption that comes with being human. “If I’m saved, I’m SAVED – right?”

How to Forgive When Forgiving Once – Just Doesn’t Cut It

Forgiveness is layered. The events that occur to cause bitterness are rarely one time events. Even if they are, they still take time to un layer them because of all the meanings that are instantly applied to the wretched event. Why do you think that Jesus said we should forgive 7×70 (Matthew 18:22)?  Because it’s an active state of forgiveness … it doesn’t end. Unfortunately, its not something that you can just check off your list. 

In fact, forgiveness is like breathing. When we actually forget to inhale oxygen and someone says, “breathe” it’s not something that you do once and then check off your list. It continues – being told to “breathe” is just a reminder. The same when people say, “forgive” it’s a reminder…