July 7, 2011

thou shall be judged

by Francis Soffen (author's profile)


thou shall be judged
by Francis Soffen

My walk with Jesus over the past five years has shed such insight on life for me. My lament is that of wishing I had found my savior sooner, but I guess all come to the Master in the Master's time. Now that I am a Christian, am I supposed to care only for others and not for myself? I don't think that is the full message as Christ wants us to be sustained by his body and blood, and through this nourishment, to do good works.

I am sick—very sick. I want to do good works, works I need to be healed, physically. In order to achieve this healing I must secure my release from prison.

Many judge me, and I cannot blame them. All I can do is caution them not to see the splinter in my eye while ignoring the beam in their own. My sins are many and great, but they are all washed away by the blood of Christ. Is this miracle only for those who are worthy? Those who have been pure? What about the parable where the workers who showed up at the end of the day got the same reward as those who were there from the beginning? Am I not worthy of the same reward as all true believers? I ask all those who judge me, either veiled or in the open, to answer those questions for themselves. Thou shall be judged by the only One who can judge.

As my life slowly fades away and I can see a solution to my demise outside of prison walls, I become more determined to become healthy and make amends to all I have hurt, directly or indirectly. My prodigal return may not be popular, but it is in fact the result of the power of the Holy Spirit. Dismiss on the cross finds his savior. Should I be denied my "dismiss" moment?

Thank you Lord for your gift. I open my heart to your judgment, as it is truly the only one that matters. All praise and glory be yours!

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lru Posted 12 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 12 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
I read your post, "thou shall be judged". It was very heartfelt.

I hope this reply is encouraging to you. It is meant as encouragement.

You write, "I want to do good works, works I pray will afford some atonement and reparation, but in order to do those works I need to be healed, physically. In order to achieve this healing I must secure my release from prison."

I don't know what kind of physical healing you are referring to. Maybe it is a sickness, or maybe you need surgery, and that surgery is only on the outside? I don't know.

But from the context of your post, it sounds also that you want the healing to begin in your heart, and in your actions, and for the people you may have hurt, either directly or indirectly.

I think this is a good desire, to make atonement toward others and repay what may have been damaged. This is an excellent desire. The debt to God has been paid through Jesus Christ, but there may be other people who are still hurting, and could use the benefit that repayment could give. This is love.

But I would encourage you to please don't let other people determine your rate of healing. The Lord is in charge of your healing, and your sentence, your location, and justice. You don't have to be outside to begin doing good works.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 that from wherever God calls you, He can use you right there. If you're a Jew, He can use you. If you're a Gentile, He can use you. If you're a slave, He can use you. If you're a millionaire CEO, He can use you.

You don't have to wait for physical freedom to begin enjoying spiritual freedom right now. There are good works in front of us every day, if we just open our eyes and see them.

Secondly, sometimes the promises of God come many years before the fulfillment of those promises. God promised Abraham a son through Sarah, but it took about 25 years from the first promise until Isaac was born.

Moses thought he was ready to lead the people out of Egypt when he was 40. But God called him to the task when he was 80.

Third, it is possible to make life-altering mistakes and never see prison, and these mistakes can be a prison of their own. I have wasted at least a decade on impossible relationships, pursuing my own pleasures ahead of what I knew was right. None of these things would land me in prison, but it sure affects my life, and I do not have the very things I hoped for when I was young: a warm home and family. But God is able to fix even this, but I must wait for Him. And that waiting is hard. I can't really compare it to your waiting, but I do know that both you and I have good works to do right now, right where we are, even though we'd rather be somewhere else, and if we do them, we will be blessed.

Keep the faith. Grace and peace to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sonny Posted 12 years, 10 months ago. ✓ Mailed 12 years, 10 months ago   Favorite
I highly doubt Mr.Soffen that you would be healed any better on the outside of the prison walls. Also, it would still cost us tax payers plenty. As far as you "finding" Jesus, well you just don't get it do you?! The only people I feel badly for in your situation is your children. They did not deserve to be born into this world with a Father who was a murderer. As far as you making amends to those you have hurt...sad that you have NEVER even once said you were sorry to anyone of either families that were left behind to deal with your murderous aftermath. That would have been a start...little late for that.

LivingMurderVictim Posted 12 years, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 12 years, 8 months ago   Favorite
Franny I couldn't help noticing in your posts you mentioned God and Jesus twice while at the same time you mentioned yourself 17 times. Laurie, Little Franny, Angelia and Tony were not mentioned at all. Neither were Steve, Gary, Victor or the woman you raped.

Sonny Posted 12 years, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 12 years, 7 months ago   Favorite

AMEN to your post.

SandraL89 Posted 11 years, 10 months ago. ✓ Mailed 11 years, 10 months ago   Favorite
Frank does not mention his family LivingMurderVictim because he knows less about those people than anyone in the world. I am "Little Franny's" daughter and while we visited Frank at a young age that stopped before I entered high school. He has alienated himself from his family and now in death hopes to plea to strangers for the compassion he can't find anywhere else. He has no where to stay if he were to be released because he has burned those bridges long ago. To be honest when asked about my grandfather I often opt for the lie rather than the truth. Most people believe my grandfather died in my father's youth simply because I do not wish to allow him to tarnish people's ideas of my family and our family name. You disgrace that name Frank and the only saving grace for that is that my family and myself have spent our lives bettering that name. I feel for you because I am your granddaughter and it pains a part of me to see you suffering, but if you had felt remorse years ago and truly saught forgiveness for your crimes maybe all of our lives would be different. As I said before actions speak louder than words Frank and while you seem to find plenty of words I see little action to truly earn the forgiveness you seek. You say you are old and dying Frank but I find it hard to believe you ever took the time in your life to truly grow up. Real adults face their mistakes and do what it takes to make them right. So far all I see is an old man whining because he doesn't understand why he can't get his way.

Palmer Posted 7 years, 11 months ago.   Favorite
He killed 4 people

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