Posts Tagged ‘sin’

When I see the darkness in me,
Brighter the light you shine.
When I search for darkness in you,
Dimmer the light that’s mine.

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Jesus came to correct our misunderstanding of God. Not to make our standing with God correct.

Is it ironic, paradoxical or just outright diabolical that we use this verse to justify judging others? Isn’t it what Jesus said to the woman right after he told the religious people not to judge her? Is it possible this statement indicates that her sin is between her and God? And isn’t it comfortingly amazing that just a few verses later He tells us “I judge no one.”?

A life focused on sin, especially other people’s, is a life eclipsed by death. A life focused on love, especially to those that are different, is a life lived to its fullest.

Whatever you believe makes you, your church, your philosophy, your career or anything else for that matter superior to others… is just wrong.

With Jesus solidly at the center of our lives, we not only gain freedom from guilt and forgiveness of sin but we have Him there to push out the marginal values that have a way of sneaking in and becoming dominant. Deliverance from the trivial.

Sin, offense, failing, wrong doing, evil doing… Jesus’ teachings on these are intended to help us find our own faults, not aid us in becoming the authority over others’.

We’ve been talking about being like Jesus lately and today I came across a thought from E. Stanley Jones, Mr. Jones contends that if our standard of goodness is Jesus (and it should be), then any departure from that goodness is sin or in other words anything that is un-Jesuslike is sin. Which brings us back to abiding; He’s in us we just have to get better at less us.

1Timothy 1:15, 16
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.

Thank you for your patience with me Lord, help me share it with others today.

Someone else’s poor decision, bad behavior or mistake is not an excuse for you to make a bad choice, do the wrong thing or act out.