Daily Devotional
Don’t judge—forgive


Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Luke 6:37


The apostle Paul, writing to the church in Ephesus, reminds them that at one time, before they came to Christ, they were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Sometimes Christians look at people who have committed adultery or murder and compare themselves to them. They may even say, “They’re dead in their trespasses and sin.” I want to tell you something.

They are no more “dead in trespasses and sin” than your sweet daughter or precious parent who has not received Jesus Christ’s gift of salvation. There may be degrees of corruption, but there are no degrees of deadness. All lost people need Jesus Christ.

You may think you don’t have a testimony to share because you didn’t get a Ph.D. in sin before you were saved. Perhaps you were saved as a little child. Well, it took as much of the grace of God to save you as it did to save a murderer on death row. Never forget that, precious friend.


Dead people need to stop comparing themselves with other dead people. Do you tend to size people up based on your understanding of goodness and badness? Remember, the ground is level at the foot of the cross.


Real Truth Never Changes

Real truth never changes, and the truth about government is that it is God who ordains it, leaders who are responsible for it, and citizens who are accountable to it. The privilege of being called Americans comes with significant responsibilities—to God, to each other, and to the world.