Who will bring a charge (accuse, criminate) against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies.
Rom. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Have you been wrongly charged or accused? Has it come unexpectedly from the very source(s) you thought would be your support?
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But wait a minute – did I say I cannot be charged or accused?
Then I assumed we can expect to be charged or accused… Which is it?
No where does scripture advise, entitle, or expect one Christian to accuse or condemn another, or even ourselves. (Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. Rom. 14:22)
Sadly, many Christians continue to attempt to justify one another – or themselves. This is so unnecessary. Because we have the spirit within, and a God-given conscience, our hearts (and our accusers hearts) will confirm or condemn without any outside help!
So what do I do if I am wrongly accused? It is so easy to turn and look with (righteous) contempt on the one who judges or condemns in anger. But scripture teaches that such charges and accusations are false. Why should we accept the offensive behavior and waste time responding to it?
Scripture encourages believers to stop and choose what we will present to God from every situation, and the passage below is for both believing parts of a disagreement:
Rom. 14:10-13 But you, [accuser] why do you judge your brother? Or you again, [accused] why do you regard your brother with contempt? …each one of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this — not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.
So, instead of reacting to accusations, or even accepting or defending hurt and pain from them, we must determine to follow the rest of the teaching, asking if I do thus and so, will it put an obstacle or stumbling block in that believer’s way?
In my hand I hold the match.
In my heart I cradle the fan.
How I use them is my choice.
I choose not to aid the enemy. I refuse to accept the (offense), the charge, the accusation. And I refuse to return offenses to others – believers or not.
Without the kindling, the fire cannot grow. I choose not to add kindling.
Without the match to light the kindling, the flame consumes itself. I choose not to light the match.
Without the billows fanning the flame, it fades and dies. I refuse to fan the discontent.
Without the log (from my own eye) the fire has no lasting fuel. I refuse to condemn myself by my actions.
In Christ I will no longer attribute God’s power to another, and I will understand that hurting people hurt others. The enemy incites their burden to become his weapon. How to diffuse?
Gal. 6:2 Bear (endure) one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.