"One Word at a Time."
"... the accuser of our brethren ... accused them before our God day and night ..."
~ Revelation 12:10-11 (NKJV)
The Hebrew word satan and the Greek word diabolos (translated "devil") both mean "accuser." The accuser speaks against mankind for our many sins "day and night."
We overcome the devil's condemnation for sin with a simple tactic:
agree with him.
"Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison."
~ Matthew 5:25 (NKJV)
A person is "blameless" either because no sin has been committed, or because the sin for which one stands accused has been fully resolved.
Each person must face the divine Judge, agree with the accusation of being a sinner, and ask for the mercy and forgiveness He offers through His Son Jesus.
Although we may resolve that matter, Christians continue to struggle against wrong actions, words, feelings and thoughts. If the adversary starts in with his accusations, we remain blameless by immediately resolving sin with admission and repentance, therefore denying our accuser any case against us.
Yet even if caught in sin, the Christian has no condemnation:
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
~ Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
My standing before God in Christ Jesus is "righteous." The devil knows the power of words, and he will continue accusing me when I am blameless, attempting to steal away the joy of "no condemnation." He'll do the same to all other Christians, attacking mercilessly and unrelentingly with his accusations.
And if we choose to criticize and condemn other Christians, we stand with the accuser—wrongly agreeing with the devil.
If we are to stand with God, we will to speak truth with love, desiring to encourage one another and "stir up good works."
Words have power, for good or for evil.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
~ Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
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