"Much like an unkempt garden, Christians are susceptible to being over-run by a critical spirit. We allow a judgmental thought to linger too long, and it takes root. Soon it has infiltrated our lives--including those around us. Rather than being an encourager, a builder for Christ, we've become Satan's destructive tool....How do we avoid the strangling weeds of a critical spirit? Begin looking at things "NLOE" (in light of eternity). Focusing on eternity and desiring others to join us there will certainly help us to be less critical and more about encouraging others and spreading God's love."
This was a powerful devotion for me, especially in light of the Casey Anthony murder trial verdict. Not guilty?? Really??? I found myself full of a critical spirit and judgment, and I couldn't stop talking about it. Before I knew it, I truly was being used as Satan's destructive tool. But what happens when I look at the trial verdict "NLOE"? My first thought is that all judgment belongs to the Lord and He will take care of everything in the end. Casey Anthony is HIS business, not mine.
My second thought is "there but for the grace of God, go I." I don't like to remember what I was like as a 22 year old who didn't know the Lord. My life wasn't that different from Casey's. I was worldly, self-focused, and on a search for pleasure no matter who got hurt in the process. I was also the mother of a toddler. I like to think I wouldn't have made some of the choices she did, but I do remember making some poor choices for the sake of my own convenience.
Finally, I realize that if I see her "NLOE" I'll pray that she comes to know the love of Jesus and that she will allow Him to turn her life around. Jesus loves her----He might not like what she did, but He loves her as a person and doesn't want her to go to hell. When I heard the verdict, I did. But today I am seeing her "NLOE" and I'm committed to pray for her salvation. Where would I be today without those who faithfully prayed for me? Where would you be? Would you like to join me in prayer?
Father God, I come to you in the name of my Savior Jesus and I ask you to touch and heal Casey Anthony's twisted soul. Fill that empty place where her heart should be with the fullness of Your love, joy, and peace. Bring her to full repentance and then use her life for Your glory. Heal the lives of all who suffered because of her sin. I thank you that Caylee is safe with You forever. In light of eternity, take victory out of Satan's hands and redeem this one he seeks to devour. I ask it in Jesus name, amen.
Who knows? Maybe one day Casey Anthony will teach a women's Bible Study. Now THAT would be a victory.