As I read the comments to a few of my past blog posts, but most especially this one, I am reminded that many of us still believe that God has appointed us judges over the world and that our job is to point out the sins of others, whether they are born again believers or not.
Perhaps this belief that we are to point out the sins of others stems from the mistaken belief that God is still holding their sins against them. But that, happily, is not the case at all!
The Bible teaches that Jesus died on the cross for sins, in fact, He died for the sins of the world. (Please see 1 John 2:2) When Jesus said, “It is finished”, that is exactly what He meant. All sins, yours, mine, and those of the murderer on death row, all of them have been paid for by the Blood of Jesus, and forgiven by God. Quite simply, they don’t exist any more.
Since Jesus’ death on the cross, God has not been dealing with man on the basis of his sin and need to have it covered by a sacrifice. Jesus was the last, and perfect sacrifice, making further sacrifice unnecessary, because the sin problem was dealt with once, for all.
God’s dealing with man is now on the basis of faith in His Son and the restoration of His Holy Spirit, who now dwells in the hearts of all believers. (Please see Romans 8:1-2)
Therefore, it makes no sense to stand in judgment over others, telling them that God holds their sins against them. He doesn’t! That ended 2000 years ago on the cross. And that’s not what Jesus told us to do anyway. Jesus said:
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John 13:34-35
The apostle Paul had a little something to say about the importance of love as well:
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. — 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I have not love, I am nothing!
So, whether we are out and about in the world living our lives, or interacting with others on Twitter or another online community, let us remember what the Lord commanded us, and love those we interact with. Rather than looking for their sin and (falsely) telling them that God holds their sins against them, let us rather look for that soul that God cared enough about to die for, and always remember that God wishes nothing more than for that lost soul to find its way to faith in Jesus Christ who loves them.
In other words Christian, BE Love To Your Neighbor!