Today one of the world’s most adamant accusations against Spirit-filled Christians is that of being judgmental. If one was to read Paul’s letter without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Paul might be considered “judgmental” also. In I Corinthians Paul doesn’t sugar coat, water down, or overlook the place of the “old life” or carnal practices threatening purity of heart in the church at Corinth. Now in his second letter He clearly affirms and reminds them of the answer to their every crossroad of decision by boldly presenting the truth of the new covenant, a new life in Christ and life in the Spirit. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (5:17).
Paul gives a reason for his boldness by declaring that the compelling love of Jesus is the only motivator for his preaching the glorious mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: the ministry of reconciliation, the miracle of purification and the marvel of life transformation. This emphasis in II Corinthians is also to you and me who profess to have His life within us. Do we have and live the same compelling Calvary love of Christ who gave Paul the unrestrained confidence of proclaiming the miraculous truth of Jesus – so all would know Jesus for Who He truly Is, even if it costs us our reputation…our life?
Paul is writing these letters to the Church of Jesus Christ. They are chosen to be ambassadors for Christ in the sacred privilege of proclaiming the gospel. There is nothing judgmental in Paul’s heart, only the compelling love of Christ. He longs for the body of Christ to know, live and remain in the reality of Who He is so that they may overflow Jesus in a culture where every problem, pressure and pagan practice confronts them.
Like the Corinthians, we have the incredible privilege and challenge of partaking in the God-given ministry of reconciliation. We are in day three of the forty days set aside to intercede for hearts needing His compelling and transforming love. It is fitting for us to hear Paul’s admonition to the Corinth believers: Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you (II Cor. 13: 5)? We must live the truth, share the truth and pray the truth with Paul and judge thus for we no longer live for ourselves but in Him who died for all and rose again (I Cor. 5: 15-paraphrased)! Continue Falling into Jesus….PRAY!