Not Counting Sins Against Them
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” ”Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15: 54-58
So death has been swallowed up in victory. Amazing! In Christ we are no longer held in bondage to the laws of sin and death. This is about total victory in Christ for every single person with no exceptions.
In Christ the law of sowing and reaping or what some call karma is no longer in full effect. At least not in the big picture pertaining to our salvation. Sure in the small picture of day to day life in Him, He uses sowing and reaping to teach us and build character in us. However, grace and total reconciliation will eventually absolutely and completely obliterate karma. This message is clear in 2nd Corinthians 5: 19, where it states that God reconciles the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. Plus on top of that God has made us Christ’s ambassadors and committed to us this message of great grace and reconciliation.
That means instead of us reaching out an arm to point out and judge sin in others; we should open wide our arms and accept everyone right where they are, and for who they are right now in this very moment. Jesus did this for us while we were still sinners, so we should do the same for others with a glad and sincere heart. Far too often “Christians” have required sinners to clean up their act before they would even offer Jesus and Christ’s love to them.
If we are truly operating in His grace and reconciliation we will love and accept everyone no matter what baggage or filth they may carry with them. If we welcome them open and free they will then receive Jesus and He will help them get free and clean in His perfect timing. We should NEVER require someone to get clean first in order to eventually bathe in Christ. Love, acceptance, grace and forgiveness is what it is all about. If we build relationships on that foundation everyone would have more hope and a whole lot more people would discover Christ. After all, Christ in us is THE hope of glory. If we give people the love, grace, and reconciliation that Jesus freely offers, it would change everything for everyone. Today I choose grace over judgment. Who is going to join me?
Kirk Out !
P.s. Yes, this blog post is from the sites archives. I have been re-posting and re-working some other older blogs too. The past several days The Lord has had me pondering the passages I used in this post and instead of writing a completely new post He led me to just make some adjustments and share this one again. I feel this is a very important message both for the Body of Christ and those yet to fully know and follow Jesus.