17 A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don’t protect him!
18 The blameless will be rescued from harm, but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed
Sin torments you. It stays with you, and clings to your mind. This scripture applies to any sin. Even if you get good at covering you sin up, it will come out. God is just, unfortunately, we are not. People have come so far from God that we want His blessings without adhereing to his law. We don’t want other people to have to pay a price for not following Him either, so we try to “protect” them.
Believers have become a crutch for people too much. We decide a person having a bad conscience is under condemnation. We tell people going through trials to fight the devil. Look it is true that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, and that the devil is very much our enemy; there IS conviction and a price to pay when we are disobeying God. The blameless will be rescued, and we can help them. However, too often we don’t stop to ask God if we are in His will in doing so.
Some examples include:
When a person says, “I feel like I am going to hell.” Instead of saying “No you aren’t.” Ask what makes them feel that way, see if there is unrepented sin, or if they are obeying Christ.
Telling someone not to “feel bad” for doing wrong, doesn’t help them. We are not made to enable sin, we are supposed to help lead others to the straight and NARROW path of Jesus.