So many times I see many people run from churches because of the condemnation that they are put under for being different or just because of their past. Some of the people in the congregation take offense to the individual because of their past or the sins that they had committed, but they really do not see the entire picture or situation.
I have even seen a Pastor chastised for giving an individual uplifting or even permitting them to join the congregation with their list of Heinous SINS. Another pastor is called on the carpet for marrying a couple who made the mistake of getting pregnant before marriage. Again the church member did not know the entire truth nor were they interested in what the truth was. They were more interested in condemning and accusing than forgiving and restoring.
I have bad news for those who like to accuse and condemn. God is a God of Restoration. Jesus Christ went to the cross to bear our sins, so that we could be restored and brought into the presence of God Almighty. He was cursed so that the curse would be lifted off us that we might enjoy communing with the Lord.
Romans 10: 8 For salvation that comes from trusting Christ–which is what we preach–is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths. 9 For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.
Once we have confessed that Jesus is our Savior, then we have been saved and we are no longer under condemnation. Romans 8 : 1 So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2. For the power of the life-giving Spirit–and this power is mine through Christ Jesus–has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death.
We do not have the right to judge people in any situation. And we should be bringing the people, all people the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our Great Commission is one of Restoration not condemnation or accusation. Satan is the Accuser and he does enough accusing and doesn’t really need your help.
Galatians 6 1. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5. For each one shall bear his own load. 6. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 7. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
When someone begins accusing and condemning that usually means that Jesus does not reside in their heart. The Jesus I know does not accuse, nor does He Condemn. He heals and restores my soul.
Psalms 23: 1 Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! 2 He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. 4 Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. 5 You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! 6 Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.
No where do I see the Lord condemning His children, nor anyone else. The Lord desires that you be healed and made whole. That means that He wants to restore your very Spirit, Soul and Body. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
1 Timothy 4: 4 For everything God made is good, and we may eat it gladly if we are thankful for it, 5 and if we ask God to bless it, for it is made good by the Word of God and prayer. This Applies even to the Christians in the Church, as God Created each and every one of us therefore we are good, when we are accepted with Thanksgiving, Sanctified with The Word of God and Prayer. The door is open when we are prayed for and covered by the intercessory prayer; we then have the opportunity to act upon the choices placed before us. God always provides a way out of our circumstances. Once again God is reminding us that our commission is restoration through the Gospel.
Acts 10: Speaks clearly how God feels about the Gentile children who have joined Him and how they should be treated. I feel that if Jesus Christ is truly in your heart then you will work toward the restoration not the condemnation. You have the Love of God in you. Peter’s Vision: 9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. 17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate.
When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He made you righteous in Him. God declared you clean. He put your sins away and chose not to remember them. Isaiah 43:25 5. “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. 26 Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.
So again I find that the Lord is the God of Restoration and Healing. He is telling us that we are forgiven if we ask for forgiveness. But we must also forgive the sins of others. Matthew 6:9 9. “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Again forgiveness is key and restoration is the desire of God. We need to love as God loves.
God defines that love. 1 Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6. does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The hardest part of this love is the loving of ourselves and in that the forgiving of ourselves. God forgives and forgets, however, man continues to beat himself up with guilt and shame because he won’t let go of the sin. In order to forgive others readily and as God Forgives we must be able to let go of our sins and forgive ourselves.
Romans 12:9. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11. not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12. rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13. distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. 14. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20. “Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
In this statement I see what God is saying to me, that I should not judge nor should I persecute the person or persons who persecute me. He repays all. Vengeance is God’s and His alone. We are to pray for them, give them food and drink. We are to give him an opportunity to see the love of God in us. RESTORATION is our Commission. Healing should be our first thought and deed.
If your heart is focused on accusing people then you do not have Christ in your heart.
1 John 4: 7. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
In every situation or circumstance, God has provided the way out, a way of grace and salvation. He Gives every one a pathway for escape from their circumstances. We have to know that the Lord is our protector and Savior to understand that He is like the loving Father who adores you and wishes only good for you.
The only way that I know is to read the Word of God and get to know who Jesus Christ is in my life and who I am in Christ Jesus. That means that I need to be immersed, studying the Word and how it applies to my life daily. Programming, renewing my mind daily and taking time to rest in the Lord, being quiet and waiting upon the Lord meditating, thinking about His Word.
If we do not apply, meditate or think upon His Word daily, we can not be prepared to face the day with victory in our hearts and minds. We are not ready for the battle that begins the moment that we awake and will continue when we sleep. This is why it is so important that we refresh our selves in Christ Jesus daily.
Take some time this day put aside yourself and let the Lord Guide you through everything throughout the day. Put away all the toys and the distractions and just listen for the Holy Spirit and God Almighty. And then realize that Jesus Christ restored you to Himself.