15th May 2013

Grace

 “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her..”
John 8:7 (KJV)
 

Which is the greater sin: the church-going pregnant teenager who turns into a responsible single parent; the deaconess coming to Church each week serving, yet not talking to that family in the congregation week in, week out; or the married Minster having secretive affairs over the years with unsuspecting parishioners? 

We love to judge, and a good deal of Reality TV plays to that with shows raking in thousands of pounds because we judge the contestants and phone in to register that judgment. But that’s not how God is.  In the verse in the book of John quoted above, Christ was confronted with a clear sinner, but He didn’t condemn. 

In Luke 6:37 we are admonished not to judge or condemn, so that we are not.  And, seeing how Christ knew that we couldn’t resist the temptation, He added the following incentive so that we avoid being judged or condemned.  Rather, we should forgive, so that we will be forgiven.  The Lord’s Prayer mentions forgiveness as we forgive others.  But the real incentive is found in verse 38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”  So good or bad comes back to us, as we dish it out.  The Message puts it this way “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

Fortunately, we do not have to answer that question on degrees of sin.  What we do have is a loving, eternal God who sees past all our sins and made a way for us to be forgiven from the very beginning of time. 

Prayer
Father in heaven, Your Grace is such that if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Jackee Brown

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 jackeebrown1About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God Congregation in London.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA Student Hostel
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone:  020 8202 3998
Email: martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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3 Responses to “15th May 2013”

  1. PHIL Lewis on May 15th, 2013 9:36 am

    Excellent!

  2. Ian Woodley on May 15th, 2013 8:50 pm

    Very thought provoking. Thanks for sharing this Day by Day.
    Regards
    Ian

  3. tony shevlane on May 16th, 2013 6:34 pm

    The old adage comes to mind,”When you point a finger three others are pointing back at you”.
    God has already forgiven,who are we to judge.

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