discernment, repentance, sin

I was out to lunch

A couple of days ago I vented on an argument I had with a friend. After speaking to a mentor of mine, and reflecting a little on the scriptures, I came to the conclusion that I was out of line. I think often times I have a pharisee complex when it comes to other people. This is surprising, since I have my own abiding sins, ones that I believe should be met with far less patience than a possible lie by implication.

reflecting on 1 John 5:16-17, I remembered why some sin did not lead to death. The difference is a hardness of heart towards our lord, as (surprise, surprise), our lives and righteousness are in Jesus, not in us. Thus when I correct another concerning sin, especially unasked, it has to be something that seems likely to lead them from Jesus. Do I still think a lie by implication is wrong? Yes. But I think it’s beholden on me to pray for my friend on that one rather than open a can on him. Not that sin is minor, but some sin is better dealt with by a gentle word from the Holy Spirit as opposed to an open assault by a friend.

I pray that God will give me discernment on this in future.


Trying Times?

Click on the title, it’ll bring you to what I think is a very good article.

It got me to thinking, though. Perhaps one of the difficulties with the Church is (surprise, surprise) me. I talk a good talk when it comes to the centrality of Christ in preaching and Christian discourse, but how often is my life discernibly centered on Christ? I don;t mean to those outside, but when I look in the mirror on my own life (the scriptures), do I see someone recognizably seized of the Lord of the universe?

If we are ever to silence the naysayers and skeptics about the truth of Jesus Christ, the reality of a loving, powerful and just God, and the need to repent and believe, people like me need to live with Christ as highest in our affections. The result will be that I would be so transformed by God that people would know the reality of it all.

The problem is that that transformation is an act of God. Into my life, to rule my life; Come Lord Jesus come!