Friday, 10 June 2022
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant Church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” – Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV
Before Adam fell, man enjoyed fellowship with the LORD, as was the original plan. When he fell he got separated from his Creator and sin enveloped him. For the first time since creation, he no longer had direct communion with GOD but because GOD still loved his creation He came up with a solution to reconcile man back to Himself. He then sent His only begotten Son to sacrifice Himself for our salvation. The Bible goes further to highlight that this Son didn’t come to condemn the world but to save it through the shedding of His blood (John 3:17). This, then, means that when Christ saw our sin he didn’t judge us but sacrificed Himself so that we may be restored to our original position.
In the above Scripture, we are likened to Christ’s bride and His objective is to cleanse and present us as a spotless bride. He saw that we were imperfect and He took it upon Himself to remedy that. As our husband, our faults and imperfections displeased Him and He addressed that personally. In the same way, if a husband has an “unattractive” wife, the wife should blame her husband as he clearly isn’t loving her as Christ loves his Church but that’s a topic for another day.
“For those GOD foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” Romans 8:29. We were meant to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus, which means that we ought to mimic Him in every way. Our approach to the world should be like that of Christ. When I see an imperfection in my brethren I ought to cleanse it as Christ did. I’m not there to judge or pretend to be better, but there to build, encourage and guide to the best of my ability, so that we may reach maturity in the faith (Ephesians 4:12-13).
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins” 1 Peter 4:8 NLT. Notice the “multitude” in that statement? This, to me, means that when I judge someone it reflects the lack of love I have in my heart for that person. If I truly love my neighbor as the Bible instructs me to, then there wouldn’t be room for me to judge and condemn them. This also means the Christ inside me isn’t fully manifested in my Christian walk. Also that I’m just a hearer of the Word and not a doer, I’m just deceiving myself. This means the members in my body are spiritually cachectic and on life support so I need a personal inventory check, leaving no time or room to be worried about someone else’s faults. They say charity begins at home, so if my home is in dire straits so I ought to focus on that. My brother’s indiscretions have highlighted the dying members of my own body. If anything, I should be celebrating my brother’s indiscretions as they have highlighted areas in my life that need resuscitation. This is the log the Bible is referring to.
“He did this to present her to Himself as a glorious Church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault” Ephesians 5:27 NLT. As Christ’s workers, we should be doing our part to help Him so that He may present others as spotless brides before the LORD and judgment has no role or part in this objective.
When I judge someone it reflects the lack of love I have in my heart for that person