Posted by Peter Thompson

There has been a lot of talk lately about Christians judging people.  It seems the world and even most Christian circles have drawn a hard line between love and judgment.  Where if you love someone you will never speak a negative word about anything they do, even if you are not speaking directly about them or in their presence.  For instance if a preacher knows a homosexual and still preaches that homosexuality is a sin in the pulpit, he is not being loving to that person.  So let us take a look at how Jesus handled this conundrum.  Is it possible to stand for, preach and teach the truth and still love people.  Jesus Christ, on many occasions condemned sin.  He pronounced divorce to be wrong accept in the case of infidelity in Mark 10:5-12 and Matthew 19:7-9.  He said that adultery was wrong on many occasions.  This list could go on and on, but the point is that Jesus condemned sin as sin.  As He preached, as he taught, and as he just went about life, sin was sin and he was not afraid to say so.  There was a difference in how he dealt with individuals who were committing sin however.  Remember in John 8 where the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus that was caught in the act of adultery.  They asked Jesus what should be done with her.  He said, “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”  In other words they had no business condemning her sin because they were sinners too.  Then he told her, “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.”  He stood for the fact in his preaching, teaching and life that adultery the sin was wrong and against the will of God, but as he came across people that were adulterers he showed them compassion and grace.  May we strive to be like our Savior.  Stand for the truth of the Bible with everything that you have.  Call sin what it is.  Never back down from the truth.  But as you deal with individual people who are sinning, show them the same grace that Jesus showed you on the cross.

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