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Rejoicing in Restored Souls

July 13, 2011 todd tomasella Uncategorized

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“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2

Pharisees spend their time pointing out the sins of others. Perhaps this is done for a temporary displacement of their own guilt for the sins they themselves have in their personal lives (Romans 2:1-3). Seems like Jesus wrote those in the open to make a point to the self-righteous who were condemning the woman taken in adultery (John 8:1-11). The self-righteous calculate and surmise just why their current victim they are condemning is not good enough to be forgiven. In contrast, the righteous rejoice to see the fallen restored.  The self-righteous never speak of or check to see if their victim has repented and been forgiven. They don’t want to know because then they would not be able to condemn that victim. They don’t pray for or care whatsoever for their victim.

The evil, hell bound, self-righteous heart is seen embodied in the elder brother of the prodigal son. The prodigal son had backslidden then returned to His father and his household. He repented. The elder brother was not happy about the return of his brother. No, he could only tout his own self-righteous deeds and supposed qualifications. Nothing has changed. This parable in Luke 15 illustrates the different between the truly righteous and self-righteous. The righteous rejoice when a brother or sister is restored while the evil hearted self-righteous scorn and sneer at the repentant.

So, do you personally rejoice when someone who sinned repents and is restored? Or, do you get upset, condemn, and hold undue animosity against that person I your heart? Do you mark them as tainted for their deed or deeds before repenting? If so, what about the sins you have personally committed after being saved? You know, the ones only God knows about?

How were you yourself forgiven initially and presently? Was and is your forgiveness based on your own personal merit or Christ’s?

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

Do you view your sins and mistakes and the sins of others as vile acts of rebellion? Do you reserve mercy for yourselves and are you merciless in your thoughts and attitudes toward others?

When the fornicator of 1 Corinthians 5 repented and was restored, the apostle Paul told the other believers around that forgiven believer ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.” (2 Corinthians 2:7-8)

Then Paul says “For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.” (2 Corinthians 2:7-9) To be obedient to the LORD in all things includes confirming our love to those who return back to the Father after sinning. That’s what the LORD Himself and His holy angels to.

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Luke 15:7

 

“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10

Heaven applauds the fallen who return to the LORD. Do we?

You and I are not one iota more righteous than ANY other true believer, including the one who has just been restored. All true disciples are washed with the same precious blood, without which we have and never have had any righteousness.

Do we want to open the door wide for divine condemnation in our own lives? Or, do we want mercy from the LORD?

“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” James 2:13

 

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1-2

Trying to make a forgiven believer do some type of penance is an open denial of the efficacy of the very blood of Jesus Christ. This is something we must swiftly repent of doing.

May the LORD cleanse and transform our hearts and minds with the washing of water by the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26).

Jesus says “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.” (Acts 11:9)

Go Get the Backslider!

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20

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