Updated: Jan 25, 2019
To those of you in the kingdom of God. We fight not against flesh and blood, but against powers principalities and rulers of darkness in high places. Ehpesians 6:12.
Before we call out evil against another person, or post it on our feed; pray to God. It has been said "What we speak we reap". Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Elijah cursed his servant for the rest of his days and his seed with leprosy for disobeying his instruction. What we speak out can have far reaching effects for us and for others. John and James wanted to call fire down on the whole town. Like Jesus, we want to give every opportunity for the lost to come to God.
We need to use discernment when rebuking the world. I think it was Joyce Meyer who said "you cannot clean a fish until to you catch it". Although people have an inherent knowledge of their sin, they lack the Holy Spirit to convict them. The Lesson can be taken from Jesus and his interactions with the woman at the well, or the woman caught in adultery or even the demon possessed man at the synagogue, is that in each case Jesus did not revile any of these people but took a compassion and pity on them for their condition and set them free from it. If you tell a drunk "You're nothing but a no good and drunk" you have just stated the obvious and without realizing it you have condemned him. A deeper problem is that, you have just stopped the ears of the very person God has told you to reach. The last time I checked, anyone who has condemned me, I ignore them.
If we begin to look at sin for what it is -a prison for the ignorant- we will start to have the same compassion Jesus had on the lost. It will also help us to have compassion not only on the lost but our ignorant brothers and sisters as well. -TBC