Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
Seeing some of the posts towards the Duggar family has literally brought me to tears... What Josh Duggar did is heartbreaking but the hatred that people are putting towards the Duggar girls right now is also heartbreaking. My prayer is that they are staying away from social media right now so that they don't have to feel worse about what happened to them. As if it wasn't hard enough having to deal with this 12 years ago they are now having to relive it in a hurtful way. What Josh did is inexcusable. NOT UNFORGIVABLE. Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
He confessed his sins and asked for forgiveness. His victims as well as the Lord have forgiven him and he has changed and become a better person because of it. I look at this as his testimony of how he came to truly know Christs forgiveness, grace, and love. A testimony to how they grew as a family and grew closer to God. A testimony of how God can forgive even the most inexcusable sins.
God doesn't just forgive sins like anger, lying, and stealing... He forgives murder, adultery, and rape. This is a testament to how only CHRIST can change a persons heart through his total love and grace towards that person. Parents may do everything they can to raise up Godly children (and I believe we should) but at the end of the day God has to be the one to change the heart.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
We are all born into sin. We are all born DEAD to sin and it is not until we become born again that we even have the power of the Holy Spirit to flee it. Josh has shown that after God changed his heart, he became a new person.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
He has changed since this time. All because of Christ.
God can change anyone. I'm thankful he changed me and my wretched heart. I'm thankful he forgave and still forgives me of my sins. This doesn't mean that my sins were ok. It's quite opposite. They were inexcusable. Like Josh's. But only a God as big as king Jesus can take the inexcusable and transform him or her into a new creature -- all for His glory. What a testimony of Gods power to restore love in such a hard situation. I look at this and rather than seeing hate and wanting to judge. I SEE CHRIST. I SEE HIS POWER. HIS GLORY. HIS PRESENCE. HIS GRACE. I support the Duggars and I will be a vessel of encouragement to my brothers and sisters in Christ in their time of pain. We are called to love the sinner not the sin and that is what I will do. After all, my family loves me even when I mess up. I don't know what I would do without that love and support. So I will pass it on. The Duggars have never claimed to be perfect or to have all the answers or to be better than anyone -- and they aren't. They are human. We all are. We all make mistakes in our lives. We either learn from them and change our ways (by Gods grace) or we continue in them and play victim. I see that Josh Duggar has learned from his mistake and that he is a child of God. He changed his life and that's an awesome testimony. If we didn't have sin why would we need a savior? We all have sin and are all in DESPERATE need of a savior. And when you experience that saviors unfailing love and forgiveness.... It changes you!
Some people have a testimony of drug abuse and God taking them away from that. Some are strippers and God changes their hearts and brings them away from that. Some sleep around and have all sorts of sexual immorality and God changes them and they flee that life. Some people have murdered and God came into their lives and changed them. Some commit adultery. Some are lingerie models who are causing lust and porn addiction... And God changes their heart and shows them a path of life vs the path of destruction they were on. The common denominator is GOD CHANGES. No matter who we are/were or what we have done. GOD IS BIGGER. AND THAT IS WHAT I SEE HERE.