|Posted by Nancy Elliott on August 27, 2020 at 8:00 PM|
I don’t hate. I don’t hate any person or thing. Well, I take that back. I hate shredded coconut, hate it so much that the thought of it makes me gag. Hate it in or on anything in any manner. Coconut might as well be a giant hairball in my mouth. That is pretty funny, but, really, to hate anything requires a measure of ungracefulness.
I do, however, get concerned when I hear Christians say “so and so should be doing thus and such or they are not a Christian.”
“Let he who knows no sin cast the first stone.” is my response.
It hurts me when I hear a Christian calling out another believer for the perceived sins of their past. Who assigned you that job? And, did you forget what God has done for you?
Did you forget about “as far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us”? ( Psalm 103:12)
“He casts all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (Mic 7:18-19)
“....For You cast all my sins behind Your back.” ( Isaiah 38: 17)
Wait! There’s more! A whole lot more. But, I will let you can find them if you are interested. If so, find them and post them here. It will be a fun and edifying treasure hunt, a superb distraction from the world.
A Christian, by definition, is any person who believes in Christ. That is it, en todo, finished. There are no hoops to jump through, no “believe and also do”, no now you have to do this or be this, or act this way or dress this way. Anything other than belief is outside the Gospel of Grace. To have expectations for our fellow man to do anything other than believe, or to become something we think they should become, or behave how we think they should behave, sets us outside the Gospel of Grace and all its operational principles. Grace does its own work, in its own manner and in its own time. Let’s not forget, that as Christians, our one and only purpose for being on Earth is to grow in the knowledge and Grace of Christ. Letting Grace do its work on our own selves is how the rest of the world learns about Grace and its transformative power. One believer’s ungracefulness can discourage untold numbers from Christ. It’s called “lopping off ears.” A believer’s ungracefulness also hurts and discourages other believers. Ouch.
If we are not acting or speaking from Grace, what we do or say has no wisdom, or bearing. Zip. Grace does not teach us to respond from emotion, it teaches us to respond in Grace. To respond in Grace we must recall God’s grace in our lives, a most humbling experience.