I was reading in Lamentations and realized something sad:
Lam 1:8 "Jerusalem hath grieviously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth an turneth backward..."
Does the body of Christ shoot its own wounded?
Jerusalem sinned, and was exposed. The ones who once honoured her now depise her. Why do they despise her? Because they have seen her nakedness. And what is the result? "Yea, she sigheth and turneth backward..." How sad!
Jerusalem's backsliding was the result of ungodly condemnation. I believe it to be the same with believers today.
It would seem that the psuedo-pride of men seeks to destroy those who need the most help. But I dont think we need any reminders of our sinful state:
Rom 7:18a "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing..."
Jer 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Our response should be like that of the Lord Jesus:
Mic 6:8 "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Gal 6:1-3 "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself."
Jn 8:10-11 "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."
However, we are to possess righteous indignation too:
Eph 4:26a "Be ye angry, and sin not"
Matt 21:12 "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."
So, my question for you all is this: What is the balance between righteous indignation and loving mercy? Jesus seems to display both.