Is there a time for correction? Yes, but not usually first thing. The more mature a Christian becomes, the more they realize their level of daily, even hourly dependence on Jesus Christ just to get through the day. Christian singer and songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has a song that speaks about living “the next five minutes,” and then starting over again.
If you want a taste of humility, ask God to give you a glimpse into your heart. There is a side that wants to serve the Savior you love. And there is a side that is at war with the very idea that you can’t do just whatever you please to do. It’s that side that seeks its own way constantly that needs to be reined in and kept under control. This dark side of your heart might startle you a bit.
Jesus Christ, who is our example, did not condemn the woman caught in adultery. In John, Chapter 8, we are told that Jesus was asked by the religious leaders if this woman is to be stoned for her sin, and Jesus answered in John 8:7, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Later in verses 10-11 we read that Jesus asked her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Jesus didn’t condone her sin, but He showed her compassion and love along with forgiveness. Who are we to stand in judgment where Jesus would not?The bad news is we will all stumble from time to time. The good news is that the “old man” the Bible speaks of representing that darker side of your heart is dying and will one day be removed as we enter Eternity. We are all sinners saved by grace. When someone falls, be there with a hand to help them up. Someday any one of us may be the one who has fallen in our spiritual life and needs someone to help us up as well.
Matt Skiles is senior pastor at Lebanon Rock Church.