Imagine that you’re being offended by someone you don’t even know. Although it’s a stranger, it must hurt right? Now imagine that the offender is – at least – someone whom you know is a fellow Christian.
With all of the teaching and Biblical verses that teach to not hold grudges to other Christians, don’t you feel really, really hurted?
A war may happen in your head: are you going to forgive that person, after all he or she has done, or are you going to rebuke him or her publicly and get your revenge on him or her?
Today’s devotional gives us the answer to resolve that problem. I also found that it teaches us the universality of the Lord Jesus’s words for everyone who believes in Him and how to act when we are faced to that problem.
The Lord Jesus is with you always!
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
What is the basis of our not holding grudges against Christian brothers and sisters who repent?
Our moral indignation at a terrible offense does not evaporate just because the offender is a Christian. In fact, we may feel even more betrayed. And a simple, “I’m sorry” will often seem utterly disproportionate to the painfulness and ugliness of the offense.
But in this case we are dealing with fellow Christians and the promise of God’s wrath does not apply because there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). “God has not destined [Christians] for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
Where shall we turn to assure ourselves that justice will be done — that Christianity is not a mockery of the seriousness of sin?
The answer is that we look to the cross of Christ. All the wrongs that have been done against us by believers were avenged in the death of Jesus. This is implied in the simple but staggering fact that all the sins of all God’s people were laid on Jesus (Isaiah 53:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3, etc.).
The suffering of Christ was the recompense of God on every hurt I have ever received from a fellow Christian. Therefore, Christianity does not make light of sin. It does not add insult to our injury.
On the contrary, it takes the sins against us so seriously that, to make them right, God gave his own Son to suffer more than we could ever make anyone suffer for what they have done to us.