DID YOU KNOW that sometimes people see one sinner as one who is merely disobedient, and other times they are so focused on the sin that they overlook the person altogether?
The difference between the above two attitudes sometimes is because one is a sin that doesn’t entice the observer, thus causing the observer to fall into sin himself; for in his feeling of superiority, he has entrapped himself in the sin of pride. On the other hand, he is far more likely to be sympathetic toward someone who is committing a sin that holds some allure for him, no matter how minute or remote, or is one that has touched his life in some way.
If you have ever fallen into either of the above traps, it would be well to consider Hebrews 1:14: “Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits for service being sent out because of the (ones) being about to inherit salvation?” YHVH knows who is and who is not going to become repentant and obedient, accepting His Word in both the written form and that which came to earth in bodily flesh. He knows the end from the beginning. We don’t. He can look into hearts. We can’t. We are only servants who are called to do His will, not to pass judgment.
One of the places our job description can be found is throughout the entire Book of James, plus the twenty-second and twenty-third verses of Jude, which say: “And truly pity some, making a distinction. But save others with fear, snatching (them) out of the fire, hating even the garment having been defiled from the (carnally-minded) flesh.”
The following example, in Luke, clearly shows the difference made by the Messiah between the sinful woman and the one judging her for what he had either heard rumored, or perhaps had known by firsthand experience.
36) And a certain one of the Pharisees asked Him that He eat with him. And going into the Pharisee’s house, He reclined.
37-38) And, behold, a woman who was a sinner in the city, knowing that He reclined in the Pharisee’s house, taking an alabaster vial of ointment, and standing at His feet, weeping behind (Him), she began to wash His feet with tears. And she was wiping with the hairs of her head. And (she) ardently kissed His feet and was anointing (them) with the ointment.
39) But seeing, the Pharisee who invited Him spoke within himself, saying, This one, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what the woman who touches him (is); for she is a sinner.
40-42) And answering, Y’hoshua said to the man, Simon, I have a thing to say to you. And he said, Teacher, speak. There were two debtors to a certain creditor: the one owed five hundred denarii and (the) other fifty. But they not having a (thing) to pay, he freely forgave both. Then which of them do (you) say will love him most?
43) And answering, Simon said, I suppose (the one) to whom he freely forgave the most. And He said to him, You have judged rightly.
44) And turning to the woman, He said to Simon, Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give water for My feet, but she washed My feet with tears and wiped off with the hairs of her head.
45) You gave Me no kiss, but she from (when) I entered did not stop fervently kissing My feet.
46) You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with ointment.
47) For this reason I say to you, Her many sins are remitted, for she loved much. But to whom little (is) forgiven, he loves little.
48) And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven.
Do you love much, or do you love little?