“God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work” (Ecclesiastes 3: 17).
Our God is a loving and merciful God, At the same time He is a God of judgement too. Man thinks something, speaks something and does something. But he forgets that all those things come under God’s judgement. God has fixed a day for judgement. At that time all the people will have to account for their thoughts, ideas and deeds.
When Jesus Christ mentioned about God He said “Father, who is unseen”. When the word ‘unseen’ is used it shows that it is a place which cannot be seen and it is a hidden place. Intimacy is there among men too. It indicates the secret ideas and thoughts. God not only looks at the deeds but also weighs under what circumstances those deeds were carried out.
God points out three factors of intimacy in the Sermon on the Mount. First comes the prayer. What is the purpose of prayer among many people? Their sole purpose is that others should praise them. They are being judged for that act of pride. Secondly Jesus says about the fasting. “When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face”. Thirdly Jesus mentions about charity. He says “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly”.
In the Old Testament a man’s deed was judged. But in the New Testament the Lord gave much importance to mind and thoughts. In Old Testament adultery was judged. In the New Testament Jesus says, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mathew 5:28). So, dear children of God, You have to be very cautious over the thoughts which lead you to lusts.
The ugly looking cine wall posters are awkward too. Behind these posters are thousands of spirits of lusts, spirits of adultery and they stand ready to catch hold of whoever falls into the trap.
Godly man Sam Sundaram once said “I always have anointed oil in my eyes. I never look at anything with eagerness to possess. I have anointment and righteousness in my eyes so that people who see me can see Jesus in my eyes”.
To meditate: – “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (Mathew 5:22).