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-- Psalm 122:6
The Final Judgment


Do Not Judge Others
Matthew 7:1-6, NLT

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.

“Don't waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”


 

The Golden Rule
Matthew 7:12, NLT

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”


 

The Narrow Gate
Matthew 7:13-14, NLT

“You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”


 

The Tree and Its Fruit
Matthew 7:15-20, NLT

“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”


 

The Final Judgment
Matthew 25:31-46, NLT

“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn't feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn't give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn't invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn't give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me.’

“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”


 

The Tree and Its Fruit
Matthew 16:27, NLT

“For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.”


 

It's not always easy to speak out and act on behalf of someone you've never met, or even someone you have, and put your own reputation and future on the line. So it's important that we have a "working" relationship with Jesus through His Holy Spirit. He will always guide us through when we ask. We will know when our choices are not in compliance with the Word.

In the case of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, I don't know if everything that could be done was. Or even if anything should have been done. I do know however that many people, worldwide, were watching and judging America on the outcome. Remember, what was done to Ms. Schiavo has been done to people unable to fight back, worldwide, for centuries. The drawing force of the United States has always been that this is a country where even the lowliest of lowly and the weakest of the weak have a right to peace, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - a country "by the people, for the people". The question we all have to ask ourselves when we are faced with critical decisions is: What would Jesus do?


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