“But such were some of you…”
Those few words are enough to knock some sense back into me when I unconsciously want to act all judgy. Those few words can be found in 1 Corinthians 6: 11;
“And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior].” — AMP
Many times, we’ve criticized believers, especially the new converts. We just can’t seem to wrap our saintly head around the fact that “he/she” can ever be saved, knowing their past stories. It’s like us telling God, “this person can’t be saved. You don’t even know what they are like, worst sinner I tell you, Lord. The worst! You can’t possibly want them”
How were we like before we got saved by God’s gracious mercy and grace? 1 Corinthians 6: 9 – 10 gives us a sneak peek into our former lives.
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those who participate in homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.” — AMP
I won’t start listing out all versions of unrighteousness stated in the verses above. I’ll let the Sweet Holy Spirit do that in our hearts.
When next the CHURCH starts to speak out against someone who just got saved, or an “old” believer who fell into sin, kindly stand out. Let’s be Jesus to them. Remember the saving grace of God, no condemnation, no guilt tripping, no sermon preaching. Just loving acceptance! Be Jesus to them! In other words, be love and acceptance to them!
Remember the testimony of a woman caught in the act of adultery in the Book of John 8: 1- 11. The Pharisees and the scribes had been condemning her all the way, till they got to Jesus. Seeking to know what His verdict will be, hopeful that He’d say something they can use against Him. But to their surprise instead, in verse 7 “… He said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” When they knew they were as guilty as she was, (regardless of what kind of sin) they dropped their accusations and left the scene. Before you start to condemn anyone, the Holy Spirit is telling you “Don’t you know that was you before you got washed, sanctified and justified in God? So, why the accusation?”
Note: “Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].” — Rom 8:1
“So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.” — John 8:36
Constantly subjecting ourselves to the transformation and renewal of our souls to the nature of God, Who is love, will help us see people in a new light.
Being a light,