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Don’t Shoot The Sinner

A friend is having an affair with another friend’s husband. Angry and hurt, we condemn her behavior and very nearly strangle her in our heart for the damage she will cause herself and both families. Then Jesus whispers a reminder it is not our job to become judge, jury or executioner for our friends.

The Bible is clear. It is God who is the final judge. We are reminded in Matthew 7:12 that if we choose to judge, the same measure we use will be used against us — and we are such harsh judges!

But we cannot ignore sin either, just as God does not accept or ignore it. There is a difference between unconditional acceptance and unconditional love. God let his son become sin to save us (2 Corinthians 5:21). If we were to accept or ignore sin, we would belong to Satan, and we must resist him at all costs (James 4:7).

We must point people back to Jesus, if they already profess to know Him, and tell them who He is if they don’t. We don’t become their judge. We restore them gently by telling them how much they are loved, carrying their burden for a time until they can do so themselves (Galatians 6:1-2).

Reflect:

  • How can you change that mental exercise in judgment to an active exercise in “restoring gently” someone who needs your help today?
  • What area of your life needs restoration work today? Think of a fellow believer to assist you with prayer and accountability.

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