Such Were Some of (Us)

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9‭-‬11 NIV

I’ve touched on this topic before, briefly, but it’s pressing on me…

So, I recently watched a video from a Christian YouTuber. He felt that God had led him to warn others against listening to a Christian music group, because he had “first-hand” knowledge that an individual in this group was engaging in fornication and getting drunk. I don’t know if any of these allegations are true and frankly, I don’t care.

I guess what affected me the most about the video is that I am very much a sinner. I have shared some of those close to me how once upon a time, engulfed in sin and condemnation, I cannot imagine what I would have felt had I come across a video as such. Because once upon a time, I used to wake up early in the mornings, call and email pastors/churches across the nation seeking/hoping for someone to tell me that yes, God forgives and yes, God will forgive (me).

It took a very long time to hear that. Months after sending an email, a woman named Rhonda Worley emailed back a one sentence reply: God forgives all sins. She didn’t tell me to go find a church. She didn’t condemn me for being such a sinner for the sins I had laid out.

See, I had felt such condemnation at the time that I didn’t even feel I could go to God. I needed someone to tell me, to confirm for me, that God’s forgiveness would reach me too. Me, who knew better. Me, who was born and raised in the church. Me, who was a Bible Quizzer. Me, who had walked with God, at that time for 20 years. Me…

I knew better.

All my life I had heard and lived by: If you know better do better. Some where along the way, myself, and I believe other Christians, allow everything we know about the grace and mercy of God to fall through the cracks. Oh! But His grace…

As Christians, we have a duty and responsibility to one another to strengthen one another, to restore one another. We cannot tear one another down. When our brothers and sisters fall, we must surround them and demonstrate to them the love of Christ that He has demonstrated to each of us.

There’s enough of the world that looks to the Church waiting and even wishing to see us fall. We must surround one another and restore one another when we see our brothers and sisters in need. We cannot become accusers, rather we must encourage one another.

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1 NIV

*Original Image by Kaybee05

12 comments

  1. This is great Jessy B. I read a devotion this morning that mentioned that, ‘Christians are the only ones who shoot their wounded.’ Quite a sad reality and it was a few months ago when the Lord spoke to me about restoration of someone who had fallen into sin. We often forget that the ministry of restoration is an important ministry in the church. Stay blessed. 🙏🏾

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    1. The ministry of restoration is one of the most important ministries in the church. Honestly, it’s a ministry that is necessary and on-going. Different people fall at different times and we all need someone along our walk with Christ. And what a sad statement and harsh truth. I believe that we can do better. The more we have these conversations, the more we realize where we’ve strayed away. Thank you for stopping by. God bless.

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      1. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and truth is not in us. The just man falls down seven times. Yet we are not sinners, but the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. It’s not of works lest anyone should boast about it, it is a gift from God. Self righteousness and the religious spirit makes people try to condemn others, but he that is without sin should cast the first stone. Bless you. 🙏🏾❤️

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  2. This is beyond excellent, Jesse! Thank you for being a wounded healer. Your post makes me think of so many people in the Bible that Jesus loved and forgave, while religious people sneered at them. God’s heart is big enough to love us, even when we turn Him away. There is no sin, except totally rejecting Him, that can separate us from His love.
    Keep blogging, sister. The world need to hear this!
    His best to you, always.

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    1. Hi David! Thank you for your support of this post. You know, I was a tad nervous to post it, I was a bit more transparent than usual in it, but I’ve been forgiven for so much so I know first hand God’s love and His grace and mercy! “Wounded healer”.. I like that term. God bless you and your family!

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