One of my family members thinks that I am overly preoccupied with sin. I’m not going to go into particulars but I have a difficult time envisioning anyone who seriously reads the Holy Scriptures that doesn’t take sin very seriously. The family member is of the mindset that they are worthy in and of themselves, and as such, they are to be supported, treated and respected by all accordingly. Infrequently the family member will share scripture verses with my wife and I that validate this mindset. It’s been a long and extremely difficult relationship to say the least. The mere fact that we are able to maintain a somewhat modified relationship with this loved family member is a testimony to the grace and mercy of our dear Lord.
In actuality the family member is probably correct because I don’t think that there is anything that bothers me more than the sin I frequently see in myself, be it lack of patience, willingness to go the extra mile or a host of other Godly character traits that I should display more than I do. God is holy and I in and of myself am not and it goes downhill from there. I just don’t think it is possible to read God’s Word and not come to the conclusion that the transgression or violation of God’s nature is paramount to understanding our own human nature and how different we are in our thoughts and ways, from God’s thoughts and ways. Cherry picking particular Christian scripture verses that validate how we are to be loved and accepted by all, is relatively easy as long as one doesn’t take into consideration the reciprocal requirements. But I digress.
The light that God’s Word shines on our human nature is indeed illuminating. But that is just part of the equation. Coming to grips with God’s perception of true mercy, justice and forgiveness also involves not only seeing how God looks at things but also how He asks us to respond in like manner. That of course is where the real fun starts because it is only when we honestly and seriously try to do unto others as we wish to be dealt with, that the reality and depth of our real self centered human nature becomes truly self evident. And it’s not pretty, not even close. That’s why we need to repent and be born again.
Preoccupied, yes I am, because through God’s grace and mercy I have tasted of His Holiness. I’ve been able to actually see how over the years He has been so patient with me and forgiven me so many many times, even to this very day. Seeing how He is and the extent to which He would demonstrate His love towards all of creation, through the sacrifice of His sinless Son, leaves me speechless. What more could He have possibly done? And the love of the Son for the Father, that Jesus would willing do it, to show us that He is the way, the truth and the life. And then, to rise again from the dead, like no other ever has, for our righteousness, our sanctification and our holiness. Doing for us what we could never in a thousand years, do for ourselves.
All because sin separated us from Him, all because our ways were not His ways and our thoughts were not His thoughts. He created us in His own image and He loves us that much that He was willing to demonstrate His love for us by giving His life for us, so that we might again be at one with Him, in His image and not our own.
John 3:16 NIV “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
You know I could quote many other scripture verses that authenticate what I have said but I’m not going to. The beauty of God’s Word is that now it is written on our hearts. No, I don’t fully understand it all, no I don’t fully comprehend all that God would have me comprehend, but I do see enough of Him to know that He is real, that God our Father sent us His Son and that Jesus perfectly followed the will of the Father in all that He did and that He alone was sinless. And that He died on the cross for you and me and that He rose again from the dead to show us that because He lives, we shall also live, if we believe and trust in His Son.
Preoccupied with sin, yes I am, because God our Father through the Son, destroyed the consequences of sin, so that in this life and the next, we might be forever with Him.
1 Peter 1:13-16 NIV “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!