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Same Token

Here's an interesting and very valid point following up yesterday's "Conversation" post: "But at the same token we can take it to another extreme where we allow the sins in someones lives to continue, never calling them to task out of love" (Cubicle Reverend).

You are absolutely correct, and the flippancy and license that comes with allowing sin to go unchecked is very real, too. There's such a balance, isn't there? My first thoughts are that Jesus' model is still best.

"Go, and sin no more." With love and authority - the same things that drew people earnestly seeking after God to Him in the first place - those words have a weightiness. To the woman caught in adultery, with everyone trying to trap Jesus into stoning her, He said, "go and sin no more." You know what you've done is wrong, and you know these guys have been no better in putting you on the spot. I'm not looking at you through your sin, but we can't deny its existence. I forgive you, and I treasure you - don't be like that anymore. You're better than that, better than them in their misunderstanding, and you can live from this point on as a child of the King. Go, and sin no more.

Real repentance is really turning away from real sinful attitudes and actions by really being transformed, really having the renewed mind Paul writes about in Romans 12. We leave behind the junk to press on towards the goal of Christ-likeness. And yeah, that needs to come out in our conversation, too - in real relationship together, focusing on who the person can and is becoming together with ourselves, rather than on their (our) shortcomings.

p.s. - this ain't easy, is it? Shouldn't be - if it was, everyone else, myself included, would be doing this already.


Anonymous J said...

I have really gotten something from the last couple of posts, Rick.

Thank you!


14/9/05 1:40 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

thanks, j - i get alot out of this stuff, too, including the interaction among comments and posts all over, right?

thanks again.

14/9/05 1:46 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Wow, thanks for the quote. I just know that I am the other end of the spectrum. I risk being too accepting of people's acctions in the name of acting out of love, when in fact I am just trying to be a pleaser. Both act in an unloving manner too those around them.

And you have been writing a lot of great posts. When are you going to start working on something more substantial?


14/9/05 4:53 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

more substantial? are you kidding? this is all i'm good for - soundbites and deep/short thoughts :) - honestly, thanks for the kind words. what would you mean by "more substantial"?

14/9/05 5:01 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Ditto on the "Great-Posts-Appreciation" notes. I'm really enjoying them too.

Loving the sinner -- Hating the sin. Seems like a tightrope. I know I've said this before, but we do seem to vacillate -- Love the sinner so much that we overlook the sin -- not good -- so we hate the sinner to make sure we stay the heck away from the sin -- really not good.

Hard for us -- but Jesus did it every day. If I was easy, I don't suppose we'd need Him so much.

Keep up the writing -- loving it!

14/9/05 8:20 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

More substantial, like a few pages, more substantial like actually finding someone other than yourself to publish it. What you write about and how you write it is very well done. I'd like to see you stretch yourself a bit. Heck, would you want to do a guest blog for my sight?

14/9/05 9:13 PM  

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