There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1 New King James Version).
Before coming to Christ, many Believers lived lives they aren’t proud of, me included. However, they are now, Godly, Spirit-filled and Spirit-led people but because of their pasts, some Christians have difficulty accepting them. When we come to Christ, baring our souls, and seeking forgiveness, Christ forgives us, and we are now made new in Him. We no longer are condemned of the sins He has washed away!
When we continue to base judgments on who someone was, rather than who they are, we make the cross of Christ ineffectual. When someone accepts the Lord, changes their ways and does not walk as they did in the days of their pre-salvation, they have been changed. There has been transformation and the power of Christ has begun its work in their life. This is a reason to rejoice! God wants His children to see their brethren’s salvation and transformation for what it is, not to be looking for the old ways to come back.
I remember an email story that was going around a few years ago, the basic premise of it was a woman who, before her salvation, had been a prostitute or drug addict (I can’t quite remember) and had been going to church regularly, catching the eye of the Pastor. Many folks in the church didn’t care for the Pastor falling for someone like her and began to murmur. One day, the Pastor announced that he was going to marry this woman and told the church because of the blood of Jesus, she was no longer the person she used to be. You see, when we know someone has accepted Christ into their hearts, but we still see and treat them as they used to be (prostitute, drug dealer, addict, liar, fornicator, gossiper, etc), we are saying what Christ did, His blood, and His work on the cross was not good enough to clean these folks. We treat the cross as though it was nothing. God’s very word says that there is NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. No condemnation. We need to be careful and thoughtful when we hear testimony of where God has taken people from, and pray to continue to see them as they are now, not as the devil would have us see them…as they were in the past. We are new creations when Jesus washes us!
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this gift of another day! Forgive us for our wrong thinking and condemning attitudes towards our Brothers and Sisters; help us to have right attitudes and to see them the way You see them. Help us to always remember that what Jesus did on the cross WAS effectual, eternal and that we are clean and free from our pasts. Father, teach us to not throw stones at others; to examine ourselves first before bringing up the shortcomings of others; to always check our words before speaking. Father, we seek to please You and we ask for discernment and wisdom; strength and patience. We love You and desire to worship You all the day long! We give You all glory and honor, in Jesus name. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you’ve grown up with someone behaving one way and now they have accepted Christ and behave different, it can be hard to not see that person as they used to be. When the past begins to rear its ugly head, pray for the Holy Spirit to help you see that person the way they are now.
Additional Scriptures: John 8:7; Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17
“He came to pay a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.” ~Author Unknown