From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian – Lifting Those Who Fall

So how do you approach people who need help?

LIFTING THOSE WHO FALL

It’s okay to confront somebody you believe is in the wrong, but not with a self-righteous attitude.  When church leaders insisted a woman “caught in the act of adultery” be stoned (See John 8:4 NLT), Jesus replied, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone” (v. 7 NLT).  Ouch!  One Christian author writes: “Are we aware of other people’s mistakes because they confided in us, or have we appointed ourselves the ‘moral police’ to justify examining the blemishes in everyone else’s behavior?  Is your goal to restore prodigals,,,,or do you have a hidden agenda to evaluate yourself by condemning those around you?  I’ve been confronted twice by other Christians.  One…a red-faced stranger who was furious with me for wearing knee-high leather boots with a short skirt to her church.  She called me a ‘Jezebel.’  The second was…a good friend who tenderly pointed out my pride in a specific situation.  The name-calling left a bruise on my soul….the compassionate rebuke turned me toward the forgiving arms of our heavenly Father.  God alone has the perfect combination of holiness and mercy to stand in judgment of the human heart.  The Bible says, ‘if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path.  And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.’  The only one who was worthy to condemn us, chose instead to pardon us…and in light of our own sinner-saved-by-grace (status)-when the Holy Spirit impresses you to confront someone who has messed up, do it with honesty, compassion, and humility.”

3 thoughts on “From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian – Lifting Those Who Fall

  1. alwayzhis

    Very good post brother! And so right on. It’s interesting with the woman caught in adultery, after Jesus said to those around “you who are without sin, throw the first stone…” and He bent down (for the second time) and wrote in the sand. One by one the accusers left starting with the eldest. When He stood up, no one was there except the woman and Jesus. Then He gently asked her ” where are your accusers? hasn’t any of these condemned you?” She said ” No man ‘Lord’. She knew who He was. Then He continued, “neither do I, go and sin no more”. This brief story in John one of such importance to all believers. Thanks for sharing it!
    Blessings to you and your family for a safe 4th of July.
    Stephanie ~streim~

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