I’m pretty sure we have all been asked the question: If you had one wish, what would it be?
It’s actually a question that should take some time and thought but plenty of people will answer it in a hot second with a cheesy smile on their face. They’ll blurt out the first thing that comes to their mind or wish for something that will only have a great impact on their current struggle. Almost always it’ll be for great amounts of wealth, the perfect body, the perfect partner, or maybe something simple like graduating on time or finally kicking a bad habit.
But think about it. Really, think. What would you wish for?
If I had one wish, I’d wish that Christians were gentler, kinder, and more loving.
If we were more loving, we’d all be a little more like Jesus.
If we were a bit gentler, we’d all have a little more peace just as Jesus did.
If we were just kinder, we’d all be more understanding towards one another, the way Jesus was.
Why do I wish that only Christians were kinder and not the non-Christians? Because that’s what we’re supposed to be. God doesn’t expect anything from sinners, except sin. All of the responsibility, righteous standing, the upright walking has been placed on our shoulders.
We are the Children of God. We are the ones who know right from wrong, we know what God expects. We know what He wants. We understand His ways, we hear His voice, we know what His Word says. And before you start saying but we’re all sinners, let me tell you this; we’re also all Children of God but guess which of us will be in heaven??
Romans 3:23 KJV says: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
THAT IS 100% TRUE!
We all have SINNED and will continue to SIN, but we are not all SINNERS.
There’s a difference, just in the same way that we all drive but we’re not professional drivers. We all play games (whether its chess, Uno, something on Xbox, or an app on our phone) but we’re not all gamers. We all have sex, but we’re not all porn-stars. We all cook but we’re not all chefs.
A sinner isn’t someone who just sins. Its someone who sins without repentance.
As a Christian, you are no longer a sinner. YES, YOU STILL SIN, but you are covered under the Blood of Christ which means, as a Believer, you understand repentance and have turned away from a sinful lifestyle. Your sins are washed away and forgotten. THAT is the difference between a Believer and a sinner.
Some will turn their nose up and argue with me, claiming once again that we all sin (Romans 3:23). And I will, once again, say that I agree with you. But, once again, committing sin doesn’t make you a sinner. In the same way that having a drink doesn’t make you an alcoholic.
Before you get angry and click away, please remember that the Bible says "All have sinned and fall short..." Romans 3:23, but it also says: "Anyone who continues to live in Him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know Him or understand who He is." I John 3:6 NLT
YES, we will still mess up. But messing up doesn’t make you a sinner. Sinning without repentance makes you a sinner. Arguments aside, why don’t we all focus on calling ourselves something a bit more positive anyway?
Jesus has called us a Child of the Most High God. A Coheir with Christ. A member of the Royal Priesthood. Let’s try to stick with those labels instead.
Now back to the main point!
I want Christians everywhere to be kinder because that’s our job. The responsibility to be good is ours. Not anyone else’s. On top of that, what sort of Christian walks around with an attitude? With a frown? Ignores others? Helps only themselves?
Imagine what sort of world we would be living in if everyone truly followed the scripture; “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 NIV
Next time you are angry with someone, think of the situation from their perspective. Next time you want to blame someone for something, think about the last time you messed up. Next time you’re in an argument, think about how you would feel if the situation were switched around. At the very least, think about other people’s feelings. We all have emotions, be considerate of them sometimes—even in anger, even in sadness, even when you’re right.