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Who made you judge?
     Salvation comes from the heart, and only God really knows the heart of a person. Being some ones judge does not help bring them closer to God. Baby Christians commonly do things wrong that they simply don't know are wrong. Many baby Christian indiscretions can be corrected with a simple little PRIVATE talk. Older Christians need to get off the fence.

Romans 10:
8. But what does it say? The Word is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word - the message- of faith, which we preach.
9. Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in and rely on the truth) that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses - declares openly and speaks out freely his faith - and confirms (his) salvation.

     What does it mean to be saved? It means that in your heart you know, that you know, that you know, that Christ is alive and living in you. It also means that you have enough to do to keep yourself out of sin. You need to be led by the Spirit before you give your two cent to someone else about their sin.

2 Timothy 2:
21. whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean] - who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences - will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.
22. Shun youthful lust and flee from them, and aim at and pursue righteousness - all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word and deed. [And aim at and pursue] faith. love, [and] peace - which is harmony and concord with others - in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.
23. But refuse - shut your mind against, have nothing to do with - trifling (ill-informed, unedifying, stupid) controversies over ignorant questionings, for you know that they foster strife and breed quarrels.
24. And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome - fighting and contending. Instead he must be kindly to every one and mild-tempered - preserving the bond of peace; he must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong.
25. He must correct his opponents with courtesy and gentleness, in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and come to know the Truth - that is, that they will perceive and recognize and become accurately acquainted with and acknowledge it,
26. And that they may come to their senses [and] escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him, [henceforth] to do His [God's] will.

Romans 8:14
14. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.

Luke 6:
41. Why do you see the speck that is in your brothers eye, but do not notice the beam (large board) that is in your own eye?
42. Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye. (also Matthew 15: 7-9, Ye hypocrites ...)

Romans 6:
23. For the wages which sin pays is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Luke 16:13-15,
13. No servant is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon(the world) (also Ezekiel 3: all)

Matthew 5:
19. Whoever then breaks or does away with or relaxes one of the least important of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least important in the kingdom of heaven; but he who practices them and teaches others to do so shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

2 Timothy 2:
15. Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurate dividing - rightly handling and skillfully teaching - the Word of Truth.

James 1:
26. If anyone thinks himself to be religious - pious observant of the external duties of his faith - and does not bridle his tongue, but deludes his own heart, this person's religious service is worthless (futile, barren).
27. External religious worship (religion as it is expressed in outward acts) that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world (also James 2: all)

    When you help people that can not do anything for you, just out of love. That is when you demonstrate and live the life of Christ before the world. The life of Christ is not domonstrated with your debating skills, or how loud, or how domineering you can be. The life of Christ is as soft as His word.

Your life should be spotless, God knows the truth.
Memory verse: John 3:16


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