I know I’am not the only one who often looks back at their old Facebook posts and cringe at some of the things I used to post on that thing. You couldn’t of told me that i wasn’t “preaching the truth”. I very well may have been but my “truth telling” was drenched in self-righteousness. It was pride and arrogance cloaked in “just keeping it real”. I thought I was better because I knew bible. I thought I was better because of my decision to wait until marriage. I would of never verbalized it at the time because even I was blinded to my own sin of pride and self-righteousness.
Here is my disclaimer: As believers, we are called to BOLDY preach the truth of Gods word no matter how offensive it may be to some. We are called to preach the gospel, to edify the body of Christ with our gifts,and to sharpen, rebuke and encourage one another. It IS biblical to correct each other as the holy spirit leads us to. (The bible gives us instruction on how to go about this) But what is NOT biblical, is being self righteous, stuck up and prideful when it comes to our walk with Christ. Often times we feel like because we’ve been saved for (x) amount of years and know more bible verses than another believer, we are now in the forefront of this spiritual competition when there is none. We look down on the baby believer whose fruit still hasn’t fully developed rather than stepping up to the plate and discipling her rather than judging her. We often write people off or deem people as not as “saved” as we are because we read the King James version and they read the NIV. We set up these subtle standards in our hearts that aren’t biblical yet we use them to judge other believers by.
The phrase “only God can judge me” is a phrase often used and abused by people who want to do them and not be judged for it. (There is a problem when we as believers use that phrase to justify our sin but that’s another blog for another day) The truth, it is not our place to judge people who never claimed to be a Christian in the first place. 1Corinthians 5:12 – “It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning”…Often we spend more time judging the world than going into it and simply preaching the gospel. We often have our nose up at those who are lost rather than showing them where to be found. Mathew 9:36″When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
I do believe the word “love” has been perverted not only by the world but even by the church. We’ve take “love” to mean tolerance, passivity and agreement with everything someone says or does. That is not love. We can love people and not agree with their lifestyle. We can love people and still check them BECAUSE we love them. Love speaks truth because love cares more about your soul than it does your feelings but at the same time we can’t forget the very basics of love.
Love is patient and love is kind.
We’ve probably heard this scripture so many times that we fail to really digest and pay attention to what it truly means but I ask you this. Yes you know the word of God back to front. Yes you love the Lord, but do you love people? Are you PATIENT and KIND towards those who may not yet have a certain understanding of things? Do we have the heart of Jesus when we see people who are lost or are we anxious to cast people into hell and write them off because that makes us feel better about ourselves? It should grieve us to see people broken. It should grieve us to see women who feel the need to degrade themselves for useless approval. It should bring us to our knees in prayer and not to our mouths in condemnation and judgement. I say this with love and sincerity: Don’t forget where the Lord brought you from. It is the grace of God and NOTHING but the grace of God that has saved us. It’s not our church attendance. It’s not our social media pages full of Christian quotes. It’s not our purity ring. It’s not our knowledge of theology. It’s not our cute Christian t-shirts. It is the blood of Jesus. You are where you are because of Him. I am where I am because of Him. I pray that God will give us the compassion of Jesus and take away the condemnation of Satan that we often find spewing out of our lips often disguised as “ministering”. It is Gods will that EVERYONE be saved. Though there will be some who won’t be saved because of their outright choice to deny Jesus whom He sent, let us never forget our first and foremost duty.. to tell the world about who He is.
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love y’all so much! xox