“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15

“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:10-11

When I came across some criticism and judgment recently, not for the first time nor for the last, having received it greatly in my lifetime and having doled it out to others at times myself and having needed to repent, what came to me is this.

I will answer to Jesus. If I am confident I am in the will of the Lord, that what I am doing is in line with the Bible, that I have sought and heard from the Lord, that I have sought counsel from Christ’s followers strongly grounded in the Bible if and as the Lord has led me, then I must carry on the pathway the Lord has set before me.

Friend, we must not let the criticism and judgment of people sway us. We must not let their opinions and harsh words move us off course. We must not let their unkindness and toughness turn us away from Jesus. We must follow the Lord Jesus Christ, oh, yes, we must!

For He is the one to whom we answer, and He is the one to whom we will answer, and He is the one we are to love and live for forever!

Are you living your life day by day in a way pleasing and honoring to the Lord? Please, friend, so so! For He is the one to whom all of us must answer!

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