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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fight Like Hell To Stay Out of Hell

(Matthew 7:1-2) “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged…”

In my recent post, The Hourglass of Time, there was discussion by several people at work and those whom I told the story to, regarding this woman’s fate; “Well, she had a choice anyway, she was mean so maybe she deserved eternity in Hell.”

These words make me wince with sadness.

Do we not all know someone that fit this woman’s destiny?

First of all, I do not deserve God’s glory and mercy.

But that is not what I want to share in this post. Let me share a personal story which I can do at this point in my life. Why? Because of God’s forgiveness. And just maybe someone out there will read this and have a change of heart of a situation.

I didn’t grow up in the best of circumstances. My mom now admits that our lives could have been better and I’ll just leave it at that. It has taken my sister and me a long time to recover but we have and we do love our mom. We are survivors. But more importantly, we are Christians.

We have prayed for so long for our mom's salvation. We have prayed for her to know Jesus Christ.

And just what if?

What if someone that did not know our situation, came along and said, “Well, she deserves eternity in Hell?”

What if whoever comes in the path of my mom’s life decides not to fight like “Hell” to keep her out of the pits of Hell!

I think about my mom and how her life must have been as a child, her own pain, hurts and insecurities. And now, I see her through the eyes of my Jesus. The view is contrastingly different.

Who are we to judge? As I see it, Jesus is looking down on His children, praying, calling and asking all of us to fight for every last one of His children.

Our job is not to judge but too gather up every last child through love NOT through threats and empty promises.


Oh, we can’t do it. But our Lord can. And all we have to do if allow Him to flow through us. We are His vessels.

To see our Redeemer in the flesh, to feel His breath, to know He lives ....yes...!!

As I live a forgiven life….. And love a mom given to me by God…. a new freedom.

It's there for all of us.

Mom, I am not giving up on you…I love you
(John 14:6) Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.... No other way....

And I would extend my prayers to all my prayers warriors for my mom....With God all things are possible....

Just a note to all my blogging friends...I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate everyone of you... your prayers and your encouragement... You are true friends and I love you all...

16 little hearts from you...:

Mari said...

Great post Connie - it's so important that we keep that attitude. I have to work on loving others as Christ does!

Nancy said...

This is so true connie...Its hard to love those who are not like us, but with Jesus as our teacher, helper, friend and savior we can do it. We need to constantly pray for the unsaved no matter who they are, friend or foe.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Girl I did not know that your Mom was not a believer. That is a good thing for us all to know so that we can pray a new sister into the kingdom.
Of course your post reminded me of a section in The Shack. Which I finally got around to reading.
Who am I to judge? Because even if I was the only one here....He would have still had to die for me. The point is not to compare ourselves to others....but to Him.

Good reminders.

Deb said...

Preach it sister!! Amen, great post!!
You have a great weekend, love ya!

Talk..to..Grams said...

Hi Connie, Thanks for your kind words! I really appreicate it. I found out yesterday while talking to the Dr. at the hospital, I will be having a peripheral Angioplasty in my legs.He will put stents in the arteries to opened them up.

Nancy's test results came back and she did have gall stones and we are to see a GI specialist for this.
On Thursday I DID feel a lttle like " Oh my Goodness this is just to much! I can't take another thing! etc! But by Friday I said "Yes we can get through this! God will take us through and everything will work out.

Nancy has had SLE for 5 years and it is a bad case. It went in to her blood cells this June and attacked her good ones, the lupus thinking it is helping by attacking her good ones!! Nancy's blood count was down to 4 so she had to have two units of blood.

The blood Dr.( I can't say or spell the name for our Dr) put her on a lot of predisone and this makes her problems with her mind act up.
But Praise God we are down to 9 mg a day now and things are better.
I have written so much, but I wanted to share what is going on.

I will sure be adding your dear Mom to my prayer list! God wants her a zillions times more then we can even know!! I will pray that that her eyes are open to the Truth of HIS Word.
Thanks you so much for your prayers for Nancy and me!!!! Love and hugs Grams

Susan said...

Praying for you and your Mom. I've missed my visits here and reading all your wonderful thoughts.



Sharon @ Little Lessons said...

I am praying for Mom.

As always, wonderfully said.

Denise said...

I pretty much raised my self as did my two older brothers.... both Mom and Dad in the home but Mom was very very depressed and unhappy...... I resented for year not having a Mom to pal around with and go shopping with and a Mom to teach me life.... Many many years latter I learned an awful truth about her child hood and as you said..... saw her through the eyes of Christ..... Oh my how that changed me......... Now they live just a few steps from my home and I have the wonderful privilege of caring for them....... What a wonderful Savior we have that allows us to go back in time and enjoy the simple things that we missed along the way.......... I will put your precious Mom in my prayer journal........

have a blessed week girl!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

This makes me so glad I am not the judge of people.

Melli said...

Connie... you're gonna have mail in a minute sweety. I AGREE with your post whOle heartedly!

Tracy said...

Very well said, my friend. It's true, through Christ we can look upon others with His eyes of love & compassion. Praying for your Mom, and all those we long to see come to Christ...

Cheryl said...

Hey Connie! I have missed you!! This is a great post. I was raised in a bad situation also and it makes me sick to think that people would says bad things about my family. Thanks for a great reminder to pray for people that need us. God Bless~

Denise said...


Denise said...

I am back online my sweet friend, love you.

Becoming Me said...

Wonderful post and it struck many chords with me

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Love is the key. You're right. So often, I've found myself unable to love because I haven't felt very loved in my life, and thus haven't fully understood God's love for me. It's changing, along with my selfish hording of God's grace and love for others, but I've got a long way to go.

This writing has been a welcomed reminder to me. Thanks, friend.