…If we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
1 Corinthians 11: 31, 32 (ESV)
It is in God’s nature to be completely honest and absolutely just all the time, for he does not tolerate deceit and sin within his kingdom. How else could he be a righteous God? He also expects his children, his Royal Priesthood, to be principled and honest with themselves first and then with others consistently. When we are not, it is not only a damaging reflection on our own character, but it unjustly casts a shadow on the true nature of God. God, therefore, expects us to be wise and openly discerning of our own thought life and actions and their ultimate consequences.
When we sin, we are expected to be perceptive and contrite enough to directly recognize our transgression and by confession and sincere supplication repent. And in agreement with God, immediately and candidly examine ourselves in order to regain solid footing and righteous standing within his kingdom, for he is quick to forgive and forget.
For we will never leave the hallowed halls of justice in the kingdom of God, as we are always on call to righteously adjudicate as Royal Priests. Never, however, are we expected to sit as the accused in kingdom court. And if we don’t choose to readily repent, God will surely adjudicate our case, which is, more often than not, a more humiliating and painful process then self-adjudication. God prefers it when we police our own thoughts and behavior and dutifully discipline ourselves so that we may instead cultivate maturity, humility, obedience, and righteousness in our character.
Dear Father, Help us to see ourselves clearly without mental blinders so that our shortcomings and weaknesses are fully exposed before our own eyes. And let our growing maturity become a robust affirmation of our own honorable character and a stellar reflection of your righteous nature. Amen.
A F Fischer