I was doing some reading around the net, like I usually do, and my attention was caught by a woman playing busybody and apparently trying to snoop into someone’s past. The gist of what I read was that she had managed to poke around and find something salacious within a Christian’s past, or in other words, she had discovered sin prior to this Christian’s decision to live a godly life.
This woman began to publicly recite a brief litany of this person’s private sins that she had managed to uncover, and was gossiping about and judging the Christian mercilessly.
I was kind of horrified. Well, I just kept reading, considering deeply as I came to the end of her ramblings. Her vicious judgment and condemnation made me wonder whether we as Christians will be judged for past sin that we’ve put behind us.
I wondered if we would be condemned for that which we engaged in before we accepted Jesus Christ or began to live as real Christians. I sat there thinking to myself what Jesus thinks about our pasts, and I wondered what God thinks.
I can certainly remember my own sins because they’ve been many and I’m still no perfect Christian, by any means. It’s challenging if one doesn’t grow up in a Christian household and is older when he or she finds salvation; there can be a lot of sin that occurred before revelation of who Jesus Christ is hits and one renounces the past and everything that went with that former life. One can get pretty dirty out here in the world, if one is honest and forthright about it.
As I reviewed just a few of my past sins, I found myself sighing and hoping that the feelings I was experiencing at that moment within my heart were the correct ones. I hoped my instincts were right.
I think we pay consequences for sin from the past and that there’s no way out of dealing with those consequences, but I don’t believe that God or Jesus hold our former sins against us if we’ve repented them and asked for forgiveness for what we’ve done wrong. If we’ve essentially determined to “go and sin no more,” I can’t see our Lord condemning us for past errors that we sincerely regret.
So why would other Christians, in particular, condemn brothers or sisters for their past sin? How wrong is that? It seems really reprehensible to harp on and gossip about anyone’s past and most especially when we know that God or Christ wouldn’t; it’s just hard to understand how people can be so unkind, unforgiving, harsh, and unloving with one another. It really astounds me.
Well, after reading the gossip, I had the overwhelming urge to do a little research on exactly what God has to say about our former lives and past sin, before we’ve come to really know and commit ourselves to Him. I thought I would share some of what I found in part two of this topic. And I realized that I’m glad that I’m going to stand before Holy God, with Jesus Christ by my side, because God and Jesus Christ are a lot more loving, forgiving, and understanding than many people on this earth are – thank goodness.