JESUS CAME NOT TO CONDEMN THE WORLD
Mercy? or Wrath?
Jesus' mission is one of mercy, not of wrath
What an exciting truth I want to share with you today. Jesus Christ comes not to denounce you in any way, but to bring you to the joy of salvation. This truth that Jesus comes not to condemn rejoices my heart; the sad truth that we Christians are often chomping with condemnation saddens it. What triumph it is to know that He who has the most right to revile me, has chosen to not condemn me; He who could justly hurl mountains, refuses to even cast the smallest stone my way. He says that He comes not for my condemnation but for my salvation. His mission is one of mercy, not of wrath.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16, 17 Bible KJV)
Now Is The Time
I Will Show My Love To Christ
So many lost souls want nothing to do with organized churches
As a pastor, I am amazed at how un-Christ like many Christians are in their daily lives. Instead of practicing forgiveness and parting love and praying to be more like Jesus, they prate their opinions and lord over others in the name of religion. No wonder so many lost souls want nothing to do with organized churches. We destroy each other with loaded tongues, not of angels but of, well, you know.
If you think you are being religious, but can't control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and everything you do is useless. (James 1:26 Bible CEV Translation)
My salvation rests on what He has done, and not on what they are doing.
Two fellow travelers were seated together in a railway compartment, and were occupied in a serious conversation of a religious nature. One of them, a critic, was evidently trying to excuse his unbelief by exposing the various evils which afflict Christendom. He detailed with pleasure the hypocrisy, craft, covetousness and divisions found in the professing church. He even ranted about many of the leaders as the most markedly corrupt of all. In front of them sat a Christian who was obliged to hear all this. He knew the accusations to be true so all he could do was to bow his head and bear the deserved reproach. However, he began to respond, "I see you are quick to detect evil and it is evident you read character pretty well. You have been uncovering the abominable things that have turned Christendom into a wreck. You have spared none, but given all a just condemnation. Now, I am a Christian and love the Lord Jesus and His people. Not an utterance shall I proffer in defense, but I solemnly confront you to speak the first word against the Lord Jesus Christ Himself." The skeptic was astonished. He seemed almost terrified and sheepishly replied, "Well, no! I could not find fault with Him. He was perfect." "Just so!" said the Christian. "Therefore was my heart attracted to Him, and the more I looked, the more I found I was not like Him at all, but only a poor, guilty, sinful man. All of the evil which professed supporters of His may do cannot turn me away from Him. My salvation rests on what He has done, and not on what they are doing."
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Divine Love Is Our Example!
Enough of that berating others - There is a far better way that builds and does not destroy.
For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 Bible CCE Translation)
My prayer, “Heavenly Father, let my life be like His. LORD save me from the trappings of a cynical spirit. If I find my spirit to be captious, replace my excessive criticism with a generous spirit of love. Help me to understand that I cannot save my friends by pointing out their failings. LORD, help me to make a loving family not by constant fault finding, but by genuine love. Help me show this love through my kindness. LORD JESUS, help me learn from your example. If I have to criticize, help me find no fondness in condemning. We have so many who simply find fault. Help me to seek not to merely be satisfied with my salvation but seek to save others. Help me to never forget that the Lord Jesus came not to condemn the world, but to save it.”
My Christian friends, do not be one of the critics who crucified Christ. If you remember your Bible, they watched Him constantly to censure Him. They loved, Oh did they love, not His mission but to discover His ‘faults’ and to make them public. It is so easy to be beguiled into these trappings. When you do it unto the least of His children, you do it unto Him!
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done itunto me. (Matthew 25:40 Bible KJV)
Open your eyes and you will behold that Jesus fills our lives with opportunities for kindness, love and encouragement. Seek out words of kindness, love and encouragement to match these Divine openings. Look to the shoulders of this road of life we travel, and you will see scores of the weary and heavy laden. Go after them with great passion and empathy. Share their heavy loads of care. Bear a part in their burdens, and don’t consume yourself with their faults. They may deserve their plight, but Jesus calls us to save the sinner, not sacrifice him!
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James Bible KJV 5:20)
My cup of joy runs over, surely I need not begrudge the overflow to others. They too can drink of the over-flowing cup. There is more than enough!