Looking in at the heart of the sinner, we must question whether it is a willful sin or whether it is a struggle with which that person is dealing with. In the heart of us as fellow congregants, we must also determine whether our passivity truly is an act of Grace (which I would think would still include pointing out that sin) or whether it is an act of cowardice and not wanting to cause conflict. Also if we do call out someone’s sin are we doing so to elevate ourselves or out of genuine love and care for that person’s spiritual well-being?
Jason Chao (very old post)
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Psalm 139:23-24 ESV
Until you get to that level of brokenness, what you do is manage a crisis, instead of dealing with the deep personal sin at the bottom of the crisis.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Psalm 130:7-8 ESV
"Mercy and forgiveness must be free and unmerited to the wrongdoer. If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit it, then it isn’t mercy, but forgiveness always comes at a cost to the one granting the forgiveness."
I’m just so sick of cheapening His grace and people’s grace upon me. I know He has forgiven me because of His grace, but repentance requires action, not running back to the problem.
His grace is sufficient even for someone like me…but I need to stop thinking so damn much and just let everything go: fears, pride, failures, tears, frustration, habits, apathy, comfort.
Worship requires sacrifice for He won’t relent until He has it all.
I need to grow up.
In the quiet
In the stillness
I know that you are God