Do Not Condemn

Do Not Condemn By Kirk Hunt

When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?” 

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

John 8:10–11 NKJV
Please also read John 8:3-12

Why have modern Christians become so ready to condemn people?  According to Jesus, we are called to save, not destroy, souls (Luke 9:51–56 NKJV).  Christians should always be known to dispense grace and reconciliation. 

Grace and reconciliation are not the same thing as indulgence or permissiveness.  Jesus did not approve of the adulteress’ error, and He commanded her not to sin anymore.  Still, He let her go back to her life, prayerfully convicted to make better choices in the future.

Please understand these definitions (Romans 8:1–2): Conviction is different from condemnation

•  Conviction is the act or condition of “convincing someone of error.”
•  Condemnation is the act or condition of “assigning (especially final) punishment.”

Real strength, especially among Christians, is not harsh or heartless.   It is not strength or righteousness to lash, batter or destroy anyone.  The heart of Christ is to save the lost, not destroy them. 

Jesus loves all of His children.  Do you love all of His children?  Consider how God would react to those who hate and attempt to destroy you?

Are you busy convincing others of the need for Christ’s salvation or just trying to punish folks?  Even if they fight and slash at you, you are commanded to love them (1 John 4:20).  Jesus rebuked His Disciples for wanting to destroy.  Are you really a disciple of His?

Think:        Do I really understand conviction is not the same thing as condemnation?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to save not destroy souls.”

 

Copyright © December 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Go Disciple Nations

Go Disciple Nations By Kirk Hunt

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.   Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

Matthew 28:16–20 NKJV
Please also read Matthew 28:16–20

The Great Commission is the instruction from Jesus, after His resurrection, to go and make disciples.  While theologians might delve more deeply, for the rest of us, Jesus’ directive is obvious and simple:  Go everywhere and turn all nations to Christ.

Consider that the great power of Jesus’ time on earth was Rome.  Pagan and polytheistic, Rome spent a lot of money and manpower on a brutal campaign: openly killing Christians.  The disciples responded to Rome’s blood-thirsty persecution by winning the nation to Christ.

Jesus did not promise ease or safety, then or now.  Nor did Jesus ask for opinions or consensus.  He gave direction and expected his faithful followers to carry that instruction out.

The early disciples conquered the most powerful and hostile foe imaginable.  They marched in sandals, armed only with faith and Scripture.  They overwhelmed a hostile nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your assigned “nations” may be far off or close in.  You, may, or may not, have to learn a new language for faster results.  Sincere disciples of Jesus already speak the languages of love and reconciliation.  True disciples already have all the tools they need for disciple–making.

Modern-day disciples have the same choice as the early disciples.  We are instructed, by Christ, to turn nations to Christ.  Are you choosing to follow your instructions from Jesus?

Think:        Jesus gave me an assignment.  How am I fulfilling my assignment from Jesus?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to fulfil Your Great Commission.”

 

Copyright © December 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Soldiers In The Real World

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“Soldiers In The Real World” by Kirk Hunt

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Joshua 1:9 KJV

The battle rages around us every day. Corruption infests a little deeper. Compromise becomes more blatant. Sin gets bolder. I’m sure you noticed.

The place of battle is where you stand: Front office or workshop, building site or sales counter, schoolhouse or jailhouse. You are deployed by divine purpose and heavenly intent. His Hands have placed you there to get the job done.

No matter how you came to be where you are, or why you stay, you are to stand and deliver. Stand as a light of right and hope in the darkness. Deliver the Gospel of Christ to a world that desperately needs Him.

Each day, the darkness encroaches on more of the world. Each day, more souls perish without knowing Him. Won’t you take your place on the battle lines?

The time for battle is now. The soldier is you. Your weapons are spiritual, not natural.

Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord is Present, stands with His soldiers. Those who go in His Name are never alone or without His Power. Will you be the one to deliver God’s Salvation?

Think: I have been placed here and now for God’s Purpose.

Pray: “Lord, help me to carry out Your mission in Your way.”

Copyright © March 2010, Kirk Hunt