Why do some believers act like monitors of sin? Jesus didn’t assign us to that task. We’ve been called to love.
Jesus asks nothing of us He Himself didn’t example. He didn’t walk around pointing out the transgression of others. He was gentle, kind, loving and forgiving. Why do we then regurgitate and re-chew the cud of wrongdoing in others? We ourselves can’t live without committing a wrong. We’re not to be offended by the sin of others, but to overlook and see the life that God created and Jesus died to redeem. Jesus didn’t overlook the sin; He looked to the life He’d come to save. Our exercise shouldn’t be one of condemnation, but grace and mercy.
The practice for far too many generations has been hostility. We can’t beat the love of Jesus into the lost and sour attitudes don’t speak of the sweetness of our Lord. Words of condemnation don’t mimic the words of Jesus. “I didn’t come into this world to condemn, but to save that which is lost.” The lost are not coming through the doors of the church because there are assassins lying in wait to point out what they already know - how needy they are for the Lord in their life.
We’re to love and welcome, not condemn and persecute. Jesus’ love has been lost in the harsh condemning attitudes of far too many believers. I was once counseled by someone from church to tell my son, whom I was praying and crying over, that if he didn’t straighten up I would stop praying for him. And where’s that found in the bible?
Believers rise up and re-new in love instead of re-chewing in condemnation. The Bible says, “They will know we are Christians by our love (compassion) for one another,” not our love of love of chewing up one another.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
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