Something I've opened up my eyes to realize in the past year alone is just amazing..I've learned about how judge mental I used to be, I've learned that I don't have the right to judge others..nor does anyone else have the right to judge!
There is a big difference in judging someone for their actions when you know that they've done wrong and judging someone that you don't know..
When you know someone before they were brought to grace and you see the person they are after they've been saved..you begin to appreciate them.. instead of pointing out their failures, you feel proud of their new life! I have many friends who have been out of church for some time and I know that they've struggled with finding their way back to Jesus..but I've seen them get back up again and move out of their sinful ways! I cannot tell you how honored I am to know them even in their past because I saw the potential in them even then and I always knew that I'd see them again inside our church doors! I see them smiling and filled with such joy every Sunday..I can't tell you how good it feels to hug someone that you haven't seen in so long..knowing that they have a new start because of Jesus' grace!
God's going to bless you for coming back to him and turning away from the life that you were living..it's not easy at first but it does get easier because you are receiving all these blessings that you weren't receiving when you were living by the standards of this world! It's so worth it in the end..you will see! You'll be so happy you can't contain it! Living your life for Jesus is the best feeling in the world and being dedicated to him is where the blessings come from! We serve a faithful God who gives many blessings to those who dare to live their lives for him!
Don't worry about your past mistakes! Commit your life to Jesus and ask him for forgiveness and change into someone better! It's not about who you were yesterday..it's about who you choose to serve today! Choose Jesus and never look back because he is worth it all! And he will fill up that empty space in your heart!
"8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Do Not Cause Another to Stumble13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother."