Sin and grace?

November 10, 2019

   

My friend, may I ask you a question? If the grace of God covers all sin, not just some sin, when you and I show partiality toward someone who has sinned a particular sin, one we’ve ranked as extraordinary, aren’t we are, in effect, telling God that we are the better judge than He is? 

 

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Did you ever have one of those days when everything went wrong? I mean, your car doesn’t start in the morning. You’ve put on two different color socks, the computer doesn’t work when you get to the office, there’s a call from school that one of your children has misbehaved and now, when you look in the mirror, there’s a canker sore nestled right in the corner of your mouth. You’d like to cry; but things are so bad you begin to laugh; and laugh and laugh. You and I call that coping; but, in a sense, it’s really more than this. It’s really God’s way of showing us how his grace works. It’s His subtle way of showing us that His grace doesn’t draw a distinction between good days and bad days. That laugh is more than just coping; it God’s way of reminding us that His grace is blind and so should our judgment be of it. 

 

Here’s a story: In the late 1800’s at the North Orange Baptist Church in Orange, New Jersey, an interesting thing happened one Sunday. During an evangelistic campaign a prostitute came forward and confessed her sins. She was broken-hearted and wept openly. She asked God to save her soul and expressed a desire to join the church. “I’ll gladly sit in some back corner,” she said. The preacher hesitated to call for a motion to accept her into membership, and for a few moments the silence was oppressive. Finally, a member stood up and suggested that action on her request be postponed. At that point, another member arose in her defense and said with an undertone of sarcasm, “I guess we blundered when we prayed that the Lord would save sinners. We forgot to specify WHAT KIND. Apparently the Lord doesn’t understand she isn’t the type we want Him to rescue.” Many in the congregation blushed with shame. Another motion was made and the woman was unanimously received into the fellowship. (Peter Kennedy)

 

The grace of God covers all sin, not just some sin. When we show partiality against someone who has sinned a particular sin, we are, in effect, telling God that we are the better judge than He. Jerry Bridges writes: “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” So good days or bad, small sins or large, God’s grace covers all. Now, that’s WORTH a laugh, isn’t it? 

 

We pray. Dear Father, for most believers there are sins and, then there are SINS. It seems natural for us Lord to segregate the “small sins” from the “big ones.” We try to keep our lives afloat in the arena of the small sins so that no one will judge us for our sins unless they are seen as really, really big. Forgive us Lord for rationalizing sin in this way. We are all cosmic sinners, at war with our Creator since the Garden of Eden. Sin is our daily course and without Your forgiveness and electing us to be saved, we would be headed to hell on a course that was irreversible. We praise You O Lord for your forgiveness and ask that You forgive us in particular for not forgiving others because their sins seem worse than our sins. Help us to show mercy, kindness and understanding to every sinner, not just the ones whose sin matches ours. In Jesus Name! Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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