He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” Him the people will curse; nations will abhor him. But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.
Sin is the very thing that separates us from God. It causes us to step outside of His will and into the world of darkness. Although God’s love covers a multitude of sin, we have to be mindful not to take His grace for granted.
There are so many people seeking answers to their current problems and conditions. Some are wanting to know why they can’t seem to keep from doing things that go against God’s will. Some are just lost with no idea of what is going on in their life. In addition to that, there are people in the body of Christ who approve so many things that are against God’s standards and it’s causing so many to fall. This is the trap of the enemy. It’s pure deception. But when approached with either group of people, will you be ready to minister to them from a place of love?
It’s easy to pacify sin, especially if the consequences aren’t predicted right off. I don’t know about you but I would want someone to call out my sin so that I can get right with God. We should all desire to have people in our circle who will hold us accountable and not pacify our sinful decisions. If the sin isn’t confronted, people can start believing that it’s fine to continue in it. But that’s wrong. We can’t use God’s grace as an excuse to continue in sin. In addition to that, we shouldn’t do anything outside of His will just to see that He will deliver us. Not only is that dangerous but it’s also taking His grace for granted. In Luke 4, Jesus uses the Word of God to counterattack this tactic of the enemy: “And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God’” (v. 12). Satan was trying to get Jesus to test God but Jesus was aware of the enemy’s plan and He used the Word against Him.
God clearly tells us that if we love Him, we would do His commands. We would do whatever we can to please the Father. We would speak the Word of God even when it doesn’t seem popular. As vessels used by the Almighty God, we are held accountable to those God places in our path to help. He doesn’t want us to pacify their sin. He wants us to help get them to that place of healing and deliverance, and that our words shouldn’t bring comfort to someone’s sinful state. Just thinking about it makes me cringe because God is serious about sin. We can’t keep doing things or not saying things just to keep the peace with someone. It is true that we are called to love but some get the concept of love twisted. Love died on the cross for our sins so that we can be free. Jesus came so that we could be free from those things that we are or become entangled in. He is the One who makes deliverance and healing available but we as children of God have to take this sin thing seriously.
Jesus said in Matthew 10:34-39 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother; and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Here’s commentary on the previous passage of Scriptures:
“Christian commitment may separate friends and loved ones. In saying this, Jesus was not encouraging disobedience to parents or conflict at home. Rather, he was showing that His presence demands a decision. Because some will follow Christ and some won’t, conflict will inevitably arise. As we take up our cross and follow Him, our different values, morals, and goals will set us apart from others. Christ calls us to a higher mission than to find comfort and tranquility in this life. Love of family is a law of God, but even this love can be self-serving and used as an excuse not to serve God or to do His work. Don’t neglect your family, but remember your commitment to God is even more important. God should be your first priority.”
Here are some problems with pacifying sin:
- There is no true deliverance;
- It becomes a trend; and
- God is not pleased.
When pacifying sin, the person or persons continue to live in a cycle of bondage. We clearly know that Jesus came to set the captives free. That is why we have to be in the position to speak the Word of God with gentleness, at the same time allowing the Holy Spirit to give us what to say. At the end of the day, we are trying to get people back on track with God. Also, if the sin isn’t corrected, people tend to think it is okay to continue in it, not realizing the danger of doing so will have on his/her life and those who are watching. Many will see and think it is okay to do the same thing, which ultimately results in a trend.
Sin is a serious thing but as followers of Jesus, we cannot sit back and make excuses for it. We have to lead people in Jesus’ direction and follow His way. He have to minister to them in love so that they can be reconciled to God through Christ. Whatever you do, no matter with who, remember you are held accountable for the advice you give. Pray for God to give you boldness to speak the truth in every situation. And most importantly, remember that you are His disciple and He has called you to share the Good News with others.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. –Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sin.