No one sin is greater than the other in God’s eyes and we have all falling short of the Glory of God. It is better that we do not point out the gaps in people’s lives, rather that we Stand in those Gaps and intercede on their behalf….The older you get the more you realize that you need to extend grace to others because one day you may need that exact same grace bestowed upon you!! It doesn’t matter about what causes the sin, whether it be Sex, Power or Money; for these things and along with others have always been the devils lure since the dawn of time and in one way or another we have all fallen into the snare of the enemies illusion that these are the things that create surety in this worldly realm!! However, these lures may cause us to lose our sense of identity, and lead us into false realities, which can bring about destruction in our lives!! Yes being humble helps to keep us on the right path….however; life’s challenges can be so overwhelming at times that we can become distracted and stumble!! But if we turn away from the sin and ask for forgiveness than our God forgives us and remembers our sin no more…..It is only mankind and his self- righteousness that chooses to continue to pass judgement and impose a life sentence on a sin that we have been redeemed from….Not that sin does not have any life consequences and yes they should be paid according to the laws of the land, however, once a person who has turned from their sin and God pours out His grace on them…. You now will become the person who is in sin if you choose to pass judgement on them!! Some say pointing out a sin is for the purpose of wisdom and not judgement; However, Jesus Himself said “You who are without sin, cast the first stone” He was addressing the religious folks at the time, who were filled with their own self-righteousness rather than Christ’s righteousness. Then, there are some who say…We are to judge them by their fruits…Well there is a great difference between fruits and sin!! And yes producing good fruit (good things, a good spirit) is an important indicator that we are a mature Christian who are able to discern the difference; It does not in any way give us the right to judge sin…Only God Can Do That!!
Being Humble brings you into the awareness of our own imperfections within our soul…It does not keep us safe from the lures of the world or out of the reach of the adversary…it only gives us the advantage over them. We wouldn’t require faith if we didn’t need to overcome the obstacles in life…Even Jesus was tempted by the enemy, as were the apostles. So, often in life people who have one momentary lapse of judgement are abruptly stoned by their accusers and they will immediately turn your whole life into some sinister plot!! However, that is not who God is…He didn’t send is Son into the world to judge it, He sent His Son into the world to Save it!! And once He saves you…You now become a vessel of reconciliation and restoration!! Humility will always work toward restoration because having a humble heart is being in the heart of God.
Love & Blessings ♥
~Sincerely Pastor Cindy
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John 8:11 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives 2 Now early[in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
Matthew 7:16-20 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
John 3:16-18 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Romans 5:19-21 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.