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Not Counting Sins Against Them

July 7, 2017

Greetings,

“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?

Love and……

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.

 

 

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11 Comments
  1. Sue permalink

    It is a VERY important subject! We are so easily judgmental! Jesus did not go to perfect beautiful people!…he went to those needy in different ways. So should we. Love first. Great timely reminder for me.

    • Love first! Excellent Sue, Jesus said that summed up all the commandments perfectly.

  2. Yeah! I definitely choose grace and love. But it is so hard to balance this all. I guess it’s hard because we don’t really grasp the unconditional aspect since we live in this world of conditions and karma and sowing and reaping. We just have to keep on keeping on loving no matter what. Even when someone stabs you again and again and again. Or steals from you again and again and again – 70 times 70 if need be. Lord, please birth Your grace and strength and love in me to do that.

    • Thanks for sharing Jem, balance in these matters is difficult, but when we let go and allow HIM to be the fulcrum it all works out to HIS glory.

    • "BK" permalink

      Yes! 70 x 7 = 490. That’s 490 times for one thing, in one day! Wow, that can equal alot of forgiving. Good news is it spells more FREEDOM to the forgiver. Love, “BK”

  3. "BK" permalink

    We read this to one of Ken’s friends on the phone last night who reeeeally needed to hear it! Good timing…..”BK”

  4. Brother Christopher,

    You have made a profound observation in this post. Grace wins, completely and eternally, eventually.

    This means that everyone is on that path no matter what their sin level, their repentance level, their church level. I am not to condemn the sinner or the pew-sitter, the preacher or the praise team. They are where they are by His current active grace. For I was once among them-in all those categories-sinner, pew-sitter, praise team and preacher. But His grace wooed and won me, cast off my shackles, freed me. I am so very grateful.

    What you say is so very confirming and encouraging. May I dare to suggest that sometimes what you say is at variance with what you have written here? Your writing seems to be in four categories: your experience in the church, your deliverance, encouragements for the unchurched and condemnation of the hierarchical church. It is the latter that I seem to see the variation from your other writings. I do not have an insight into what Father has told you to write, but, when you speak of the hierarchical church, it feels to me as if you are judging and condemning. This is an observation only.

    This is not an attack on you or what you write. I am presumptuous to even mention it, but the thoughts of this post were so bright with Father’s love that there seemed to be a contrast with what you have written about the preacher-in-the-pulpit church.

    I have often felt the conviction of the Spirit in your writings-not the condemnation of a human’s writings. For example, in your most recent post, “Graphic Content,” I realized that I praise but don’t worship in the sense in which you are discussing. This was a new thought to me, one which points to something which has troubled me for some time and one which presents a solution. It doesn’t feel condemnatory but points a way toward a deeper relationship. It is blessing, not judgment.

    Blessings,

    Win

    • Thank you Win for your confirmation, exhortation, affirmation and encouragement. I only write what I feel led to write. I do judge the system, but never the people that find themselves there. I appreciate you Win and welcome being called to account by a dear brother such as you.

  5. The following is Win’s response to my response:
    winslow Today at 7:11 PM

    Hi Christopher,

    As always, even when faced with exhortation, you are gracious which shows your spirit toward others. You are correct and I should have noted that it was not the people but the system, which changes everything.

    Blessings,
    Win
    PS couldn’t get a response into the system, so feel free to put it on the blog page if you wish.

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