I was seeing someone that was known to do some inexcusable things while being a christian, now delivering a christian message. Was this person being hypocritical or was I seeing a person that have been restored?
Wait a minute. Why am I even questioning this? It is not my place to question upon others. I too, have failed Jesus during my christian life at some point. Forgive me, Lord.
Inexcusable does not mean unforgivable. Why is it that we can easily put on that judge hat that is too big for us?
In the bible, David’s story is well known to us. God said of him that he was a man after God’s own heart. However, one time, he did some things that displeased God. David had an affair with a woman and then arranged for her husband’s death in an effort to conceal his sin . David had to face the consequences for his sins but when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan, he repented and was restored.
Even though David was a person known to tremendously sin while knowing God in ways that are shameful, we still take many examples of his life as one that we can rely on and use as reference. His life, words and experience with God is seen by us many times with admiration. Why is it so hard for us to believe in the restoration of the people that are close to us and have also failed in this time?
I can understand how it may be difficult to gain credibility once you have failed. And, it is understandable that there needs to be a process were people achieve honest conviction and accountability. But who are we to question them or to belittle them afterwards?
Instead we should be hoping that their lives may be completely restored once again thru the blood of Jesus and that their hearts may be healed. Because to those who love the lord but have failed, it hurts. The heart aches when it knows how you have failed.
I know that there are some people that, unfortunately, are deceived and can play around in the gospel. But I truly believe in God’s restoration for those who humbly admit and submit to the Lord. I have to. The gospel of Jesus Christ is one of second chances and God commands us to restore them.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Gal 6:1
I have come to realize that instead of instantly crossing out those who have failed, we should consider first our own ways. We should let God do what only He can do, and in a spirit of meekness, we should hope for their complete restoration.