Posted: September 1st, 2009 | Filed under: God, life | 8 Comments »

When a fellow believer sins, you can either see him as damaged goods, or you can see your friend on the battle field who just got shot. You can turn your ‘sword’ on him and tell him that his sin messed up the entire operation or you can use the ‘sword’ to protect him from anymore shots.

‘…the sword of the Spirit …is the word of God. -Ephesians 6:17

If our salvation is our faith, then what we believe is under attack. Any time you come to a point where you doubt that someone can be forgiven, you know you’re believing propaganda that was put out by the enemy to weaken our forces. If your faith in Jesus saves you, your doubt in Jesus destroys you.

You’re out on the field… what do you believe? If God is who He says He is, then this is no accident, there is a greater purpose for it. Ultimately that purpose is for Jesus to be reflected in you. This is where it gets real. Who is Jesus? The Accuser or the Savior?

Love: put yourself in the other person’s position. Look at your fallen brother and switch places with him. Don’t try to imagine what he may be thinking or feeling, there’s too much detachment. Try to imagine what you would be thinking or feeling. If you think you would never do what he did, then stop right there. If you can’t put yourself in the other person’s position, then you are not capable of Love. You’re worthless.

Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. -John 13:35

Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead. -1 John 3:14

My friend, Keri, told me a story about a girl who went to her high-school named Erin. Erin was a Christian. People loved and respected her. When Keri found out Erin was pregnant, she was bombarded with a mixture of emotions. It was confusing to watch someone, who seemed to have it together, fall. It hurt to be let down and it made Keri angry. Especially because Erin knew better. Keri watched as people, both Christians and non-Christians, began to distance themselves from Erin. She struggled with her own emotions and wondered how she should treat her. How does one Christian respond to another who has been caught in life-changing sin?

Keri prayed about it and that night she had a dream. Her dream changed her forever and answered the tough questions about how to handle someone who has fallen.

She dreamt that it was her.Preface: ‘Grace Is For Sinners’

Jesus switched roles with us. Love in evidence. If you want to know how to respond to someone who sins, imagine if you did that. You as you are. You did that. How does it feel? What do you need? Do you need to be told you were wrong? Do you need to be told you were right? Are you doubting your ability to be forgiven? On the battle ground, that is exactly what’s at stake. Your faith.


8 Comments on “love”

  1. 1 Michelle G said at 3:44 am on September 1st, 2009:

    Thank you for this. I'm slowly working and writing out my personal testimony and sharing it. It hasn't been easy and I can't help but be fearful that I'll be judged for my past.

  2. 2 Serena Woods said at 3:56 am on September 1st, 2009:

    Michelle: Transparency is your freedom.

    When the lie is revealed (the lie that your sin says anything new about you), you have nothing left to be afraid of.

  3. 3 Sisterlisa said at 5:41 am on September 1st, 2009:

    I agree with Serena, Michelle. Do you recall seeing the movie with Harrison Ford working in the White House with the President. I think 'Clear and Present Danger', or the other one. Anyway, the president was accused of an affiliation with a druglord and his staff wanted to cover it up. Harrison's character said "No, don't cover it up. Tell them he was your best friend" After that he advised him to grieve over the person's direction in life or something to that effect. The point was admit it and no one could go anywhere with it. No digging needed when the cards are all out on the table.

    There are some inner personal things I don't talk about in detail, but if I hid all my past then people would not know how Jesus changed my life. We can reach people by being transparent, just like Serena does.

    Great article Serena. I like the perspective you gave here.

  4. 4 Russell Holloway said at 7:38 am on September 1st, 2009:

    As an advanced sinner with a long resume of sins, I take great comfort in this post… 😉

    Someone said that people caught-up in sin are hostages to the enemy, not the enemy. This is what I try to remind myself when I see people sinning in such a way that they are hurting or attempting to hurt others…

    Compassion, love, forgiveness are the tools we have been given to deal with "other" sinners . . . We are sinners, too.


  5. 5 Mary said at 8:40 am on September 1st, 2009:

    I am sitting here with tears streaming, overcome with compassion for the person who recently sinned against me. She doesn't need shame or blame. She needs love. Her sin was conceived from her own frailty and insecurity. I know because mine was too. Thank you for this post.

    PS I must say, forgiving is not for wimps.

  6. 6 TheNorEaster said at 3:14 pm on September 1st, 2009:

    All true. But how would you incorporate what you have said here into 1st Cor. 5?

    (I've been there. And I believe I acted accurately. Just asking you.)

  7. 7 Serena Woods said at 3:21 pm on September 1st, 2009:

    Do you have 'Grace Is For Sinners' yet? Read chapter 8.

  8. 8 TheNorEaster said at 8:49 pm on September 5th, 2009:

    It is taking forever to get here!!!

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