31 Jesus-Benefits: I’m not Threatened

“’Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin’” (John 8:11).

Day 12 and I really admire people who stand for what they believe in without compromise. Jesus is absolutely perfect at that, but we needn’t feel threatened by Him because:

Jesus is against the wrongdoing, not the person.

There are others, but probably the best example is the woman caught in adultery in John chapter 8. The teachers of the Law want to stone her and make a spectacle of her, but Jesus says the one who’s never done any wrong should throw the first stone. Gradually they realise their imperfection and drift away, until only Jesus is left with the woman. At that moment, He tells her He’s not going to condemn her, but that’s not all; He tells her to leave her life of sin. He’s not condemning, but He’s not condoning either. Just because He loves this woman, He’s not suddenly going to rethink His stance on adultery. Adultery is still wrong, but she’s a woman loved by God, who’s not being excluded from His saving work.

We can be no-compromise people, like Jesus when He lived on earth. Some would say Christians hate homosexuals, for instance, but you can hate homosexuality without hating those who practise it. Let’s be against the wrongdoing, not the people.

“He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

8 thoughts on “31 Jesus-Benefits: I’m not Threatened

  1. Love this. I have a transgender child and have come across so many Christians who condemn the person and not the lifestyle — as well as me for continuing to love and be in relationship with her. Thank you for your encouraging words today, Sarah!

  2. Hi, so true. We need to love the person always. Homosexuality is a sin, but so is smoking. God forgives both. My husband, however, is addicted to cigarettes and cannot stop. We are praying for him constantly. James says God is no respecter of sin. My husband is a Christian. He loves Jesus, but he can’t quit smoking. He is save, however. I believe we all battle with a sin that we cannot put down. Even Paul did. Jesus’s grace is greater then our sin. We have to be sorry for our sin and want to quit sinning. It hard to quit some sins. That is the fruit and trap of sin. You get caught up and you don’t live in the full victory Christ intended for your life, but that does not mean you are going to hell.

    • Addiction is a horrible thing. I know what it’s like to see someone in the middle of that and desperately want freedom for them.

      I don’t know what sin you mean in Paul’s case, but if you mean the ‘Thorn in the flesh’ he talks about, I’ve always taken that to mean a physical thing rather than a sin. In Galatians 4 Paul says to the Galatians that he knows they would have taken their own eyes out and given them to him if they could, so I thought the ‘Thorn in the flesh’ probably meant Paul’s problem with his eyesight.

  3. I like the song Casting Crowns sings that says “Nobody knows what we’re for, only what we’re against when we judge the wounded.” Sometimes we set higher standards and expectations for those who aren’t saved than we do ourselves. So thankful that God sees beyond our limited, human perspective.

    • Yep, totally with you on that; it’s not our place to judge those who don’t know the Lord. Your comment reminded me of 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 where Paul says God will judge those outside the church, but it’s our responsibility to judge one another.

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