God is good my friends, all the time. So much has happened in the last few weeks, and i’m so grateful for that. One of these events was being able to join with our brothers and sisters in Christ for a lent breakfast and a study on the concept of life shapes. Our discussion went on to the subject of the world and that’s what i want to focus on here today.
The Lord gave me some clarity on this last week, because i’ve always found it a hard balance to maintain when it comes to being able to separate the sinner from his sin. Allow me to explain.
I don’t like to judge people. That’s not just because i believe it’s not my place to, because i’m not the Lord. It’s also due to the fact my mindset is based along one of Jesus’ most well known sayings “he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” This being said in response to the pharisees after they were about to stone a women caught in adultery (John 8: 1 on wards) i don’t want to judge someone on their sin because i have no right to, i am free from the grasp of sin, but i am not sinless, i’d be a hypocrite to condemn others on their short comings considering i have many of my own. But until now i’ve not been following an important factor of Jesus’ words, and that’s what he says to the woman after everyone else leaves.
(John 8: 9-11)
“At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
That last line is the missing piece. “Go now and leave your life of sin” This woman is a sinner, saved by Jesus being her advocate to those that’d stone her to death for her sin, yet he does not justify her sin, nor ignore it, he just reminds her she is not condemned for her mistakes, and tells her to live her life of sin behind. We as the church have become lost in the idea of loving the sinner. We are called to love those that sin, in hope that they may leave their corrupt ways behind. Yet, we’ve become a culture of loving sin rather than loving others despite their sin.
And this isn’t meant to put me on a pedestal, i’m also guilty of this, it’s a realization that i’ve also had to come to, and it was only recently that i had. But that’s beside the point. We are meant to be the body of Christ on earth, and we are called by him to the the light in this this world of corruption and sin. He is our lifeline, he saved us from our sin, and part of our goal as the church of the Lord, should be to lead those that haven’t had the chance to meet our amazing God, away from their sin and into his loving arms.
I’m not saying we should condemn new believers if they fall back into their sinful ways, because it takes time to remember how free we are from our old ways, but at the same time, there’s a difference between forgiving our brothers and sisters when they fall short, and condoning it. I know this is a difficult task, and it will take time for us to break this cycle, but i know that our God is capable of all things, and in time, and if we’re willing, i know we can be back to our former glory once more, not just as the church, but as people of God.
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