“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” ~ John 8:11 b
As I was driving down the road listening to the radio the other day, something struck me.
As anyone that knows me can testify, I really struggle with today’s attitudes of “entitlement”. You know, the phrases like, “You deserve it”, “It’s your right”, etc. that encourage everyone to look out for their own interests first.
One of the things that I noticed was how a lot of radio personalities focus on the “positive and encouraging”. Not that I think that’s altogether wrong, it does need to be tempered with moderation.
As I thought and prayed about it, later that night, a lot of things came to mind. Here are a few.
Pop gospel tells us: “Don’t feel guilty for your sins.”
Jesus says, “Don’t continue in your sins.”
Pop gospel says, “You are only human, created with a sin nature.”
Jesus says, “You are holy, re-created with a divine purpose and nature.”
Okay, so I’m not talking about past sin here….I believe that once we accept Jesus Christ, those sins are forgiven and we should not feel guilty about them any longer. but, neither should we continue in them.
I heard a well-known (though not accurate) preacher say the other day, “the Holy Spirit will never convict you of sin.” Wow. I was shocked.
One thing I do know, is that when we ignore the Holy Spirit’s prompting and conviction of sin, we become hardened against His voice. Putting off that still small voice one time, often leads to another and another, until we are so complacent in our sins that we no longer see them as sins, but as merely more of what grace covers…….
It’s crucial to understand and never lose sight of what we deserve….We deserve eternity in hell, separated from God forever. I think we would do well to remember that the next time we start touting, “I want what I deserve.”
Why does any of this matter?
It matters, because when we think we are okay, continuing in our sins, we become stumbling blocks in the lives of others who desperately need Jesus Christ in their lives.
We can live a holy life, but only when we have a clear understanding that sin causes death. It’s not some “harmless” play thing. It’s an infectious disease that reaches epidemic proportions in the blink of an eye.
Only by being on guard vigilantly can we keep it from our lives. Not to earn, or to deserve our salvation, but out of sincere gratitude because of our salvatoin!