I remember the first time I walked into the church where I minister now. I remember how scary it was and I felt that everyone was judging me, that I was a sinner and that I don’t belong in this place or any churches for that matter. I looked around and felt that everyone is so holy and far above me spiritually. The first time I walked to that service, I felt like I just couldn’t wait to get out of here.
Isn’t that like every new person that walk to a church? Most of them feel the same way. They are scared, they have problems and they need help. I was blessed that the church that I went to was so friendly and welcoming but most of all it was filled with the presence of God that no matter how scared I was, I felt the need to go back there.
The problem with many churches nowadays are that they are so judging of others or so hypocrite in the way they live that most people are turned off and avoiding churches. In the church or in everyday lives, Christians judges and condemn others and tell them how they are sinners and that they will go to hell because of the way they live. Yet, Christians themselves act holy only in the church but committing sins every single day in front of this people whom they judge. That is why they do not want to go to church. Either they feel this Christians are too holy that they judge others or the church is filled with hypocrites who only talk but their actions are far from God’s commandments.
Apostle John said that “if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and there is no truth in us”. We, Christians are sinners, and that is why we go to church because we need God and we should tell those people that we are the same as them. Not judging them, but telling them with love that we have been forgiven by God and that we have received God’s love and they can too. We should tell them that we are the same as them, that we are sinners and we need savior.
Stop judging and condemning others but love others! As Christ has loved us and welcome us with open arms, we should love others and welcome them with open arms. They need the love of God the same way as we need the love of God. Since we have believed in Christ and we have been forgiven and receive His grace, let others know that Christ forgives them too and loves them. Share it with love and grace and mercy that we have received from Christ.
1 John 1:8
Father, forgive me for being hypocrite. I confess that I am a sinner and I repent and I need Your forgiveness every single day of my life. I want to share to others with love and grace and mercy that I have received from You so that they may feel Your love and seek You and believe in You. Keep me humble o Lord and I will live according to Your Words and I pray that Holy Spirit will guide me in the way I live. In the Name of Jesus I pray