Listening to the doctor!


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person.
For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” (John 12:47)

We all hear the reminders about healthy weight, healthy diet and exercise.
When my doctor reminds me of this, he is not judging me.
His words could lead to healthier, happier living, if I would pay attention.
Soon reminders become warnings… then it will be too late.
Jesus speaks words of life and truth and hope and healing.
Make sure you are living healthy lives, not only physically by spiritually.
Jesus is not judging us, he is lovingly reminding us, he is gently warning us.
What do we do with his message; what do I do with my doctor’s message?
If I don’t sense the seriousness of what they say, I won’t act on it.
It often takes a dramatic experience to open our eyes.
Really, if I am honest, it is foolish to ignore the words of my doctor.
I have no one to blame but myself if that physical/spiritual crisis occurs.
Is it any less foolish to ignore the words of Jesus, of our God Who loves us?
Lord, this passage makes me wonder why I do not take you – and my doctor – more seriously. Thank you for not judging me, but loving me enough to tell me the facts of life.


  1. How is it that some of those that believe seem to still stay in darkness? Are they not believing correctly, or listening to the wrong voice? Thank you for coming to save us, and not judge us! Help us live as you did – not here to pass judgement but to share the good news!

  2. Jesus is one with the Father and Holy Spirit. As he claims here: “The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.” As well John 1 describes this oneness of God – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. God want to be connected to us – and we are through Jesus opening the way – that God can come to me by his Holy Spirit – that I may grow more to be like Jesus who is the image of the Father. I’m made in his image, therefore I become more complete as I grow. ‘Create in me a new heart O God – make me more like you!”

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