Don’t Rejoice in Judgment

35 And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel. ~ 1 Samuel 15:35

When the LORD rejected Saul after his many sins, Samuel didn’t rejoice that the LORD had brought righteous punishment upon Saul. Samuel instead mourned for Saul. This is how we are to be today. We are supposed to walk in love. It’s so easy for us to see the sins and forget that there is a soul beneath the outer sinner.

It’s easy to pronounce judgment upon someone that we deem worse than ourselves, but if we love people as we love ourselves, then we would show more mercy, grace, and love. God doesn’t rejoice in the punishment of the wicked, and neither should we. God doesn’t desire that any be punished, but all come to repentance, and so should we. As we see the world becoming more and more evil and more people are being led astray, our hearts should melt for them instead of growing cold and hard.

This is the only life each of us is given, so don’t be quick to desire the judgment of others. For one day, we will all stand before the Great White Throne on Judgment Day, and we will be judged by the same level of judgment we have judged others. So, instead of being quick to rejoice in the judgment of the wicked, cling to mercy, grace, and love.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Don’t Rejoice in Judgment.

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