Saturday, April 6
20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts?
When you witness someone repenting or being convicted by the Holy Spirit, what are the initial thoughts that go through your mind? Are you moved with compassion and a desire to see them restored or do you go into ‘holiness police’ mode and begin to question what they’ve done and wonder what they should have do to make up for the mess they’re in. It’s easy, especially when it comes to other believers, to condemn them for getting caught up in sin. After all, they’re a Christian, they should know better. If you find yourself looking more like the latter, you are dealing with a religious spirit. This was common in Jesus day and it’s sadly still very common today. Christians are far too quick to try to kill their own wounded rather than see them restored. If you have trouble forgiving, an issue with someone being restored, or feel like people must run through a gauntlet of recompense to get back to a place of grace then you’ve allowed a religious spirit to develop within you. Religious spirits hate forgiveness. They demand that works based compensation be made for any and all shortcomings before someone gets to be restored to grace and favor. Forgiveness is a command, not a request. What took place in someone’s life is only between them, the Lord and those whom it may have directly affected. Your job is to pray and ask that the Lord’s best take place in that person’s life. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff