16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares. ~Romans 2:16
I hear so many people fighting over what they believe. Who should be baptized? Should we take communion every week? Are we basically bad people who occasionally do good, or basically good people who occasionally do bad?
But the Bible is pretty clear, here in Romans and elsewhere, that the conversation which God will have with us at the end of the day will be about our actions, not our beliefs. Stay with me. Yes, we need to believe in Jesus, but that word means to TRUST. I believe in my husband, which means I trust him to do the right thing, to have integrity, to behave as a good husband. I’m not declaring my belief that he exists, or even the right way to understand him. I’m not arguing about his measurements, family history or what he wants me to cook for supper (like he really wants me to cook for supper, LOL). I trust him.
But the judgment will be about our behaviors, specifically toward others. Did we act rightly? Did we walk justly and with mercy? Even those actions that happened behind closed doors?
Prayer: God, empower me to act justly and with mercy toward each person I meet today, and to make my life about bringing about a just world for all your children. Amen.