Moses instructed to the elders to treat the poor and rich alike in passing judgment. This instruction is reflected in James and is passed on to us. We must treat the rich and poor, tither and non-thither alike for God is no respecter of persons. We are not to be “afraid of anyone’s anger, for the decision we make is God’s decision (Deut 1:17)” We are to be God pleasers, God fearers and not man pleasers and fearers. Only God knows how many of His people are hurt or driven away because we, the Pastors and leaders are afraid of losing money or offending members if we deliver God’s judgment.
Jesus calls sinners who know they are sinners and He receives sinners who repent. True repentance never glorifies sin. True repentance recognizes the ugliness of sin. We live in an age that has forgotten the necessity of repentance and an age where easy forgiveness winks at the sin that crucified our Savior. We walk a fine line between forgiveness and passive acceptance of the sin along with the sinner. We struggle with restoration of a forgiven sinner and the indulgence of and rejoicing for sin that was forgiven.
David said in v 18 “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart the Lord would not have listened.” Lord help me forgive as you have forgiven me; help me see the horror of my sin by looking to Calvary; help me know how to receive the forgiven sin without celebrating the sin forgiven, to repent biblically and not culturally.
Generosity draws generosity; refreshing draws refreshing; forgiveness draws forgiveness; apathy, apathy; and indulgence, indulgence. God’s law of sowing and reaping can never be broken.