Sometimes life presents difficult unforeseen problems. If you find yourself needing answers or overwhelmed in the various manifestations being thrown your way, may this worship video encourage you. Shalom!
Carrie expands on her previous video teaching others the importance of healthy boundaries and using discernment in judging other believers. To learn more about that teaching, watch the YouTube video S2 Episode 26: Boundaries // Don’t Judge Me? or read it here.
In this episode, S2 Episode 27: Motivated By Mercy, Carrie explains although we are called to judge in loving correction, we first must examine our own lives and our heart motives before issuing judgment when we discern unrighteousness. Assuming our hearts or consciences are clear, we may speak the truth in love to unrepentant brothers or sisters. However, we also must understand if are motives are not pure or we are being hypocritical, meaning we too are dealing with the same or similar sin in our lives, we risk bringing judgment upon ourselves by inviting the same problem to manifest in our specific life or those close to us. Why? Because in all things we are called to love and we are called to mercy even as we discern, judge, and correct others. If we misjudge, because our motives, for example, were to assert authority in our selfish pride, or we are hypocrites, the Lord often will bring the same issue in our own lives at some point in order to teach us compassion and mercy for “mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:12-13). So while we are called to judge one another (in love) and help keep one another accountable as ambassadors for Christ, we must first judge ourselves and our heart motives. If and when our hearts are motivated by mercy, we may be commissioned to take our brothers and sisters “aside and explained to him (them) the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26). In summary, as we grow up in God and learn to discern between righteousness and unrighteousness, we are called to lead in love, but first reflect, then correct, and direct.
Through it all, my prayer is our hearts are always motivated by mercy.
To research this teaching out further, please seek the Father’s heart in His Word:
- Matthew 7:1-2
- Romans 2:1
- Luke 6:37-38, 42 “see clearly”
- Matthew 18:15-20
- 2 Timothy 3:13-17
- Romans 14:2
- 1 Peter 4:15
- 1 John 4:17-18
- Mark 7:20-23
- Hebrews 4:12
- I Samuel 16:7
- Ephesians 4:11-16
- 1 Corinthians 5:8
- Acts 18:26
- Luke 21:13 (use it all for testimony..glory to God!)
If I had to pick just one song to capture this season of my life here at the beach, it would be “In Over My Head” by Bethel Music. Since relocating to Myrtle Beach, temporarily alone, I find myself tumbling in the undertow of a Spirit-led life, which is ironic considering I actually did get caught up in a wave’s undertow as a child right here at Myrtle Beach. Now living here, the Spirit of Christ has His grip on me as He rips me from the safe shores of religion. Surely, His goodness and mercy frees me. Upon surrendering to His doing, or shall I say undoing, I then find myself floating in Christ’s abundantly fluid love while He teaches me to trust and rest in His love and the current He is taking me in. The freedom and depth in and of His love are as deep and wide as the sea that surrounds me. Truly, I am in over my head.
I invite you to watch this lyric video produced by Bethel Music. Perhaps this is the song I should be learning to play in this season by the sea…