Monthly Archives: December 2010


Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part One Introduction

Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part One
Introduction

In several of our Spiritual Nuggets we have shared about God calling us to walk in holiness. We have shared that He wants a bride that reflects the character of Christ. The Lord is taking many of us through the fire to purify us. God Almighty is calling individuals and the corporate church to holiness. More churches need to preach the message of holiness and repentance. And at times there needs to be more biblical discipline in local churches. It grieves God’s heart when people say they are Christians and they are committing grievous sins and the church ‘closes its eyes’ to the sin. However, there needs to be a balance in regards to the topic of holiness.

In this series of nuggets we are going to talk about judging others.

Continue reading “Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part One Introduction” »


Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Two, Being Judged

Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Two
Being Judged by Others

When we are writing these nuggets each week, we are making an assumption that the readers are Christians and are committed to growing in Christ.

In the last nugget we described ways that we may judge or question the sincerity of other Christians (or the unsaved) because of the sins in their life, the way they dress, their behavior, etc.. We stated that some might even be harsher on those they know because they have seen the same behaviors repeated over and over again.

Continue reading “Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Two, Being Judged” »


Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Three Ministering to Others 2

Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Three
How to minister to Christians or others who are struggling with sin and or bad habits.

Needless to say, in one page we cannot cover this topic in depth. However, we hope we can give some helpful ideas.

Before we get started we need to acknowledge that most bad habits are probably sinful. We need to be careful that we do not lessen the seriousness of bad habits. The reason they are called bad habits is because they are not good for us or others. They can be very destructive.

This nugget is specifically directed towards helping those who have desire to change and are sincere in their desire to change.

Continue reading “Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Three Ministering to Others” »


Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Four, Discipline and Tough Love 1

Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Four
Discipline and Giving Tough Love

In previous nuggets of this series we have spoken on the different ways we can be judgmental, being judged, and how to minister to those struggling with sin. In this nugget we will discuss the issue of Discipline And Giving Tough Love.

God’s Word makes it clear that there are times we are to judge sin and separate ourselves from Christians who are willfully walking in sin.

John 7:24
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Notice Jesus did not say, do not judge. He said judge in a righteous way.

Continue reading “Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Four, Discipline and Tough Love” »


Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Five, When You Have Been Judged Wrongly 1

Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Five
When You Have Been Judged Wrongly

Have you been judged wrongly by an individual or organization? Have there been false statements made about you? Have your motives been questioned? Has your reputation been harmed by the words of others? Have you been treated unfairly?

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, then you have great company-the Lord Jesus Christ. And He never sinned. So, the very first thing we want to say to you is–don’t be surprised if this happens to you. If it happened to Jesus who knew no sin, then it certainly is going to happen to each of us who walk in sin at times. This world is not fair. And if it was truly fair, then we all would be judged guilty and immediately destroyed. These statements are not made to lessen the pain caused by others, but to help explain it.

Continue reading “Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Five, When You Have Been Judged Wrongly” »


Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Six, Summary 2

Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Six
Summary

All of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God. All of us have judged others and have been judged. We need to remember only God knows the motives and heart of a person. Thus we should never judge the heart. However, at times there is wisdom in judging the actions of others. But in doing so, we need to keep our heart pure before God.

There are times because of the behavior of individuals there may the need to discipline or give tough love,During these times the desire should be to restore the person, to help them.

Continue reading “Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Six, Summary” »


Love Languages-Part Seven Summary

Love Languages-Part Seven
Summary

In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman describes that are basically five ways people express or receive love. Love is expressed by:
Words of Appreciation
Acts of Service
Gift Giving
Quality Time
Physical Touch

We can show love to God by:
Words of Appreciation (Praise)
Acts of Service (Serving Him by ministering to others)
Gifts (Giving Tithes and Offerings)
Quality Time (Worship, Meditation, Prayer)
Physical Touch (Experience His Presence)

Continue reading “Love Languages-Part Seven Summary” »


Love Languages-Part Six My Story

Love Languages-Part Six
My Story

In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman describes that are basically five ways people express or receive love. Love is expressed by:
Words of Appreciation
Acts of Service
Gift Giving
Quality Time
Physical Touch

My Story
I grew up in a home where there was not outward expression of love or words of praise. My father showed his love by making sure on our birthdays and Christmas that we always had gifts. As I grew up, instead of seeing it was his way of showing love, I always felt that he did not love me because he never hugged me or said he was proud of me. Another way my father showed his love (I did not realize this until writing this nugget) was by always including my brother and I on special vacations and trips-in other words, giving us his time.

Continue reading “Love Languages-Part Six My Story” »


Love Languages-Part Five Receiving and Giving Love

Love Languages-Part Five
Receiving and Giving Love

In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman describes that are basically five ways people express or receive love. Love is expressed by:
Words of Appreciation
Acts of Service
Gift Giving
Quality Time
Physical Touch

Receiving Love
For most of us we interpret love based upon the love language we use to give love. The problem with this is that there are four other love languages of showing love. How many times has someone shared their love with you, but you did not see it as love, or you refused to receive it as love. I bet many more times than you think. How have you hurt someone because you did not receive their love to you?

Continue reading “Love Languages-Part Five Receiving and Giving Love” »


Love Languages-Part Four Receiving God’s Love

Love Languages-Part Four
Receiving God’s Love

In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman describes that are basically five ways people express or receive love. Love is expressed by:
Words of Appreciation
Acts of Service
Gift Giving
Quality Time
Physical Touch

In the previous nugget we talked about how God expresses His love through the various love languages listed above. For many of us there are times that we wonder if God loves us or if He is with us. This normally occurs when we are going through a rough time. Or maybe we have fallen into sin and not sure if God forgives us. During these times it makes sense that we may not feel as if God loves us (even though nothing can separate us from His love). However, maybe some times we do not experience God’s love because we only interpret love in one language when He offers love in at least five languages. As we learn to receive God’s love through all the five languages we will be able to receive love in a greater way from others. We will also be more able to share love with others. Continue reading “Love Languages-Part Four Receiving God’s Love” »