Romans Chapter 8 and verse 8
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
THE BODY OF CHRIST…………………………GUILT………………….. where is the correlation?
Do me a tiny favor, stop reading this post, take a minute to browse out a little on scandals relating to Christians, my oh my!!….you indeed will be heart broken…….
I understand that there is a need for correction and chastising but there is also a fine line between correction/rebuke/chastisement and an outright condemnation…..
Let us take instances from the Bible and then instances from our daily lives, things we see every day.
The Story of the prostitute
John 8:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Woman Caught in Adultery
8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Very interesting story right….. now can we observe that it was not just any kind of persons that wanted to stone her, they were the teachers of the law, the custodians of Gods word……. ‘the Body of Christ’ if i might add….
So i beg to ask , who has sent us Christians on this ministry of condemnation………?
Okay lets come down to our daily lives, and just check yourself, have you ever condemned that sister with tattoos and piercings or that brother that smokes, the one who just came out of the abortion clinic or the one who was found sleeping with other men…………………….
or even in your profession as a nurse or a doctor, or a pastor, a teacher… when people come to you with their stories that should deserve condemnation by human standard…., do you condemn them, maybe by the way you stare at them, or the way you address them…
I personally have been a victim of condemnation.. You see I used to have about seven piercings on my ear, and I dyed my hair blonde…..i love the crazy,very little about normal freaks me……. .so I wasn’t deserving of being called “sister Joy”… I wasn’t fit for the kingdom by their standards
it did affect me a bit, but you see I have a relationship with Christ, a solid one we are building, if I must say😉😉, no longer a baby Christian who can easily be swayed… But then a lot of people are not, they Prolly just found Christ and are still struggling with their flesh and all we do is condemn and tear them down, making them feel more unworthy than they already are, and unconsciously pursing them into the arms of the devil, who! Mind you is very happy and willing to cage them back🤔😫…
So why then are we on this earth? after salvation, God should have just taken us to heaven if all we are here to do is just repopulate the kingdom of hell…
Ahhh!!!! God forbid……
We were never called to that ministry, but God has called us to a Ministry of “RECONCILIATION ”
2nd Corinthians 5:17[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
And we can’t reconcile whom we condemn! can we?
Cause condemnation simply put is… You are not fit or you are unworthy and thus guilty and convicted!!
So can we please and please be conscious and sensitive enough to stop it, and be about the Father’s business, even without carrying your bible, Just give Love, understanding, correction in love, be patient, be strict if necessary but from a place of love, just as Jesus would…..
This has been a burden in my heart for sometime now, you go online and you see Christians in wars against themselves verbally and the saddest part, they use the bible as their weapon…. oh come on please…..
In all of Jesus’s work/walk on this earth i never observed an argument, desire to show off one’s so called knowledge, talk more of condemning…. so who are we emulating?
Am done…… i earnestly hope it touches a place in your heart.
AS always i love you so much and see you in my next blog-post…. please drop a comment a question or even an experience of being condemned… xoxo