Posted by: peebles | October 20, 2010

John 3:17 (NIV) ~ For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:17 (NIV) ~ For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 

Too many people in this world are quick to point the finger of condemnation at anyone whom they deem to be in the wrong, in one way or the other. You may even get from them the look of scorn and the wagging finger of disapproval, yet, not so the Saviour. Did he condemn the woman at the well for living in sin? Or the woman caught in the act of adultery? Did Jesus condemn Zacchaeus for his unscrupulous way in dealing with people? Or even Matthew for being a taxman against his own people? 

Jesus did not come into the world to condemn anyone; he came to save them. He came to show them the grace, mercy and tender loving-kindness of their Heavenly Father. I have often wondered what would happen if the church took the same approach as Jesus had towards people. He won them by His acts of compassion, His graceful actions and non-judgmental love towards them, never holding their past against them. You cannot change where you have been or, what you have said or done, but you can change where you are going and what you will say and what you will do. 

Oscar Wilde once said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Jesus never once reminds you of your past, but always reminds you of your future. He will never once point a finger at you in disapproval, but will, in an act of grace and tender-loving mercy, hold out His open arms of love towards you. You will never win anyone by wagging your finger at them or, frowning at them in disapproval, but you will win them by treating people the way Jesus did, with grace, love and mercy. 

My friend, Jesus Christ came to save you, not to condemn you. You may have had a past, but that past can be washed away and made clean by the precious blood of Jesus. The Bible says in Romans 8:1 (NIV), “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Jesus won over the woman at the well, He won over the woman caught in the act of adultery, He won over Zacchaeus and He won over Matthew because He never condemned them but showed each and every one of them that there is a better way to live, and that is through Kingdom living. Today, let us share His Life with the world and not frown upon them, for each one of us were sinners at one time, yet Jesus showed each and every one of us His grace, mercy and love. Let us, in return, do likewise to those who are yet to be saved. Love God, love people. 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


Responses

  1. “Oscar Wilde once said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Jesus never once reminds you of your past, but always reminds you of your future.”

    EXACTLY!!!!!! Thank you! 🙂


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