On misplaced Christian memes

I have seen this going around. Seen it with profanity in it. I have even seen it posted by my atheist friends. What point are people generally trying to make?  How  did Jesus really love them? Lets look at a great example in John 8:1-11.

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Notice that last part. A lot of people I have seen post this are trying to excuse themselves from sinful lifestyles. We are all sinners, and there is no condemnation in Christ. So I want to get that out of the way first. Yet at the same time if we are continuing in a sinful lifestyle, or any sin, and excusing it. Then we have a problem.

So back to the question how do we love them? By not being condemning, telling them they are a sinner, and that Christ can forgive them of their sin, and stand in their place. Then we move to discipleship. This is the part of the love that people often reject. I am not saying we will be sinless, but we should absolutely hate ourselves when we do, and go to our savior and confess those sins.  If you are excusing your sin then are you abiding in him?

No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:6-10 ESV)

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26-27 ESV)

 


 

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