Totally Submitted – No More Excuses – Part 1

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ~ John 14:21

Addressing sin in someone else’s life is never easy – but, it is crucial to do so.

Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

~ James 5:19-20

This is even more important in the role of an accountability partner.
I’ve had many responses to these situations.  They typically boil down to three responses:
  1. You’re judging me.
  2. That’s just legalistic
  3. God sees my heart.

I will, Lord willing, spend the next three days posting the responses to those three statements.

First, I’d like to address the issue of sin in our own lives.  We cannot help anyone else turn away from sin, if there is a blaring sin in our own lives.

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

~ Matthew 7:4-5

Note that this does not say, “Don’t remove the splinter from your brother’s eye because of the plank in your own.”

Living a God-honoring, holy life is not only possible – but very do-able (as I’ve blogged over and over again).  This is true, not because of any goodness in or of ourselves, but by our dying to self, and allowing the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts and live through us.

So, now that we see the need for addressing sin in the lives of those around us (remembering that nothing matters but eternity), I will, over the course of the next several days, be giving the answers that I use when given the three reasons, excuses above.

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