So this morning I woke to the sound of rain, and some pretty loud thunder. Graduating with a meteorology degree from Texas a&m I looooove that! 🙂 I have been sleeping surprisingly better the past couple of nights, due in part to the fact I am trying to get back exercising, second, Katie’s been sleeping until 8 or after lately! Now yes, I know I’m pregnant and should be gaining weight, and I haven’t gained alot, but I loved working out when preggers with Katie, it’s recommended, good for me and Holly, plus it helps with many pregnancy aches, pains and ehem, constipation. Lol! So! I’m up (finally, sadly I know) doing a much needed quiet time. Today I read Luke 6:39-7:10. I have one if those read the bible in a year, which is awesome cause it’s already broken up for you. It had some old testament, some new, psalms and a proverbs. Anyway, I’m focusing this blog on Luke 6:39-42. It’s a pretty well known section. It says, read here:
This got me thinking. Well, actually it was a conversation on Facebook last night with a friend that originally got me thinking. We were talking about how people say “love the sinner, hate the sin” and how sometimes we can love someone straight to hell. Well our sermon Sunday touched on this too! I definitely believe this can be true, however this verse kind of warns us against the opposite approach as well. Sometimes, we try so hard to tell people of their sin, get on soap boxes about such issues as abortion, homosexuality, sex before marriage, porn, drunkenness, drugs etc, that we forget to love them. We folks, are NO better then them! Need I remind us we are all evil, all sinners, all wretched and all doomed for hell no matter WHAT 1our sin? Now don’t get me wrong, I truly hate all those “sins” I listed. Some of them make me physically ill to think about. Sin is dirty and gross. Remember though, without Christ’s blood to cover those who have accepted his grace, we are all gross. Sin, no matter what kind, is gross. I’m a worrier, get angry easily sometimes, am impatient and rude. Those are all just as much of a sin. Who are we to yell in the face of someone involved in homosexuality, porn, etc, when we ourselves are just as much of a sinner? Yes, we have grace, but we still sin and still disobey God when we do. However, remember God still loves us! Please don’t think I’m saying to ignore the sin, or love them so much you never share the truth. Heck no! That would be just as wrong, actually worse! Part of loving someone IS helping them with their struggles and helping them out of that pit of sin. However, we need to remember to first LOVE that person right where they are. We need to build a trusting relationship with them so that when we DO bring up salvation, repentance, grace and what happens if you don’t accept that grace, they will be more apt to listen. Look at Jesus! Unless it was the pharisees, Jesus always showed love first and foremost, built a relationship with them, and cared for them BEFORE sharing with them about their sin. Even when he told them of their sin, it was always with love and care, because he wanted them to know there was a much better way to live! Zacheus (I’m sure that’s spelled wrong), the woman at the well, Mary (Martha’s sister) – I could go on – heck just look at some of what the disciples were! Anyway, my point is, YES!!! Absolutely!!! We need to talk of sin and what it is!!! It’s our job to help those come to repentance, but it’s also our job to love them as Jesus loved. When we love, it opens up the door for us to share. When we love, it builds trust. When we love, it makes others willing to listen. Remember, many people in sinful lifestyles don’t think they are sinning. They need love and care in order to help them see God has a better future for them, Gods way is better, and to understand WHY their lifestyle is sinful, reminding them we are all sinners and admitting to our sin. When we just tell someone of their sin without admitting ours, it DOES make us look judgmental, uncaring and hypocritical! It’s no wonder people don’t listen! The other people many times do want a way out, they are just waiting in someone to love them and care for them enough to show them the way. When we go to share with someone we need to remember we too are just as dirty. Yes, we are blessed to have His grace, but even with Christ, we ALL have dirt in our eyes!