What keeps you on the straight and narrow? What holds your tongue when you know you could lash out and say harsh things? And what provides the balance when life is far from it?
I am continuing my study of 2 Corinthians 5 and I have come to verse 10:
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
The balance for believers should be the reminder that not only are we always on display before God, but one day we will give an account for our actions. As a believer this is not the judgement unto damnation. No, not at all. This is the sobering time when we realize how far we fell short of the perfection of God… and it is before the face of God that we will give answers.
God knows all things, and he certainly knows us. Before we did wrong or right, he knew our character, our ways, our thoughts. This time will be one of agreeing and surrendering again.
Its kind of like the grand “report card day”… how we have acted will reap a reward – good or bad.. and this is the time we will stand accountable for our actions.
That thought more often keeps me in check, giving the benefit of the doubt to someone, holding my tongue, or restraining my mouth.
“Lord, thank you that you know us and have a plan for us. May your Spirit temper us here, that we may bring fruit and blessing to present to you at this time of believers judgement. May your Spirit have full reign in my heart and mind today. amen”