August 22, 2017  

 

LENIENCY

Dag Heward-Mills

 

READ: Galatians 6:1-5

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

John 15:12

 

When you analyse your past sins, you will find out that you will not be so hasty to judge anybody. This is because you might have done the same thing (or something worse) before. Probably, you might have acted the same way if you had been confronted with the same issue.

The Bible cautions:

When you consider yourself, you will be more willing to forgive: Galatians 6:1. When you think about your past sins, you will realize that you are not any better.

In the time of Jesus, some people who felt they were "holier" brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They wanted to punish her by stoning her. Jesus, who understood this principle of analysing people's past, asked for any man who had not sinned to throw the first stone. No one dared throw a stone because they all knew they had past sins.

When you consider your own self, you will not be so hasty to judge other people.

As a born-again believer, you should be forgiving, especially when unbelievers offend you. Just remember what you did as an unbeliever. If it had not been for Christ, perhaps you would have done worse things.

Jesus said, "Father, forgive the unbelievers for they know not what they do." So analyse your past when you find it difficult to forgive your neighbour.