You are all knowing, and all forgiving, and all merciful…
I cannot judge for I am not God…for if I judge I will be judged in that same way.
Help my heart to love like you love, forgiving, unconditional, without restraint, fully accepting…in total and complete surrender to you.
You created all things and all people…
How can I look at my designer, my creator, my potter and say, “Why did you make me this way and you made them that way?”
It is not for me to tell the clay-maker how to fashion the clay…
How can we say we love you who we do not see and hate those we do see…?
Let the seeds of love be planted by me today to others…
Let the water of peace flow out from me today to others…
Let forgiveness flow out of my heart today, to everyone who has hurt me, let me not hurt them back…
You will take care of everything if I will only trust you.
Jesus when I look at others, no matter the color of their skin, or their beliefs, or their weaknesses or what they wear or what they drive or where they or live, let it not offend me or make me think better or worse of them…
We are all your children…
But let me pray for others, as you would pray for them. Let it be out of a heart of love, and not contention or bitterness or unforgiveness. Let me forgive others as you have forgiven me.
Lord, let my heart be pure and contrite before you, so that I in no way will cause anyone to stumble or fall into the dark pit…
Restore and transform….Give life and not death….Give hope and not despair…for it is better to give than to receive.
Let them see your, light in me…not me…them see your, love in me… not me….Let them see You…Jesus, in all I do and all I say. This is my prayer amen!!
–Marla Shaw O’Neill May 31, 2017
Romans 2 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
Let God Be the Judge
2 So do you think that you can judge those other people? You are wrong. You too are guilty of sin. You judge them, but you do the same things they do. So when you judge them, you are really condemning yourself. 2 God judges all who do such things, and we know his judgment is right. 3 And since you do the same things as those people you judge, surely you understand that God will punish you too. How could you think you would be able to escape his judgment? 4 God has been kind to you. He has been very patient, waiting for you to change. But you think nothing of his kindness. Maybe you don’t understand that God is kind to you so that you will decide to change your lives.
5 But you are so stubborn! You refuse to change. So you are making your own punishment greater and greater. You will be punished on the day when God will show his anger. On that day everyone will see how right God is to judge people. 6 He will reward or punish everyone for what they have done. 7 Some people live for God’s glory, for honor, and for life that cannot be destroyed. They live for those things by always continuing to do good. God will give eternal life to them. 8 But others are selfish and refuse to follow truth. They follow evil. God will show his anger and punish them. 9 He will give trouble and suffering to everyone who does evil—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews. 10 But he will give glory, honor, and peace to everyone who does good—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews. 11 God judges everyone the same. It doesn’t matter who they are.
12 People who have the law and those who have never heard of the law are all the same when they sin. People who don’t have the law and are sinners will be lost. And, in the same way, those who have the law and are sinners will be judged by the law. 13 Hearing the law does not make people right with God. They will be right before him only if they always do what the law says.
14 Those who are not Jews don’t have the law. But when they naturally do what the law commands without even knowing the law, then they are their own law. This is true even though they don’t have the written law. 15 They show that in their hearts they know what is right and wrong, the same as the law commands, and their consciences agree. Sometimes their thoughts tell them that they have done wrong, and this makes them guilty. And sometimes their thoughts tell them that they have done right, and this makes them not guilty.
16 All this will happen on the day when God will judge people’s secret thoughts through Jesus Christ. This is part of the Good News that I tell everyone.
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Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
“Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2: 2-4