Forgive others the same way God has forgiven you.
There are a number of Christians who believe you should lower the boom on people who have obviously sinned. Some of this thought process comes via thoughts or responses by Dr. Laura, a national radio talk show host. She teaches that there are many things that are unforgivable. Since she is Jewish, she justifies divorce, lawsuits, exclusion, and more, based on justification from breaking Old Testament Laws. But Jesus and the New Testament gives us a new standard by which to live.
. . . He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone . . . —John 8:7
We are all sinners.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God —Romans 3:23
We were saved by God’s grace.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. —Ephesians 2:8-9
And God wants us to treat others the exact same way.
. . . forgiving each other . . . just as the Lord forgave you . . . —Colossians 3:13
I wholeheartedly agree with your statements about being content with what you have as American Christians have an abundance of “things” with which to serve the Lord. I do, however, have another perspective as a self-employed business owner that you didn’t include. Your comments were addressed to people who are employed and live within a fixed income. There are many Christians, like my husband and me, who are self-employed and wrestle with issues like growing a business, employing people, making more profit, etc. Do you think it is ungodly to expand and increase our business and profits when God has given us the ability?
Not at all. In fact, just the opposite. God implores you to make the highest return possible on your investments (Luke 19:12-26), provided you:
- Do it fairly.
A just balance and scales belong to the LORD;
All the weights of the bag are His concern. —Proverbs 16:11
- Give the glory and credit to the Lord.
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31
- Don’t make it more important than the Lord.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. —Matthew 6:19
For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? —Luke 9:25
- Honor the Lord by giving back a portion to His work.
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. —2 Corinthians 9:6-7
And above all, realize that it is He who makes wealth!
. . . you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth . . . —Deuteronomy 8:18
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