Dealing with it

So what do we do when we are corrected? Regardless of whether it is coming in a godly manner or not, there are multiple ways in which we sinfully respond to this others:

Blame

I’m pretty sure everyone present in the Garden of Eden tried this one. “You gave me this woman, God, and she led me astray” says Adam as he blames God and Eve. Eve replies: “Well, I wouldn’t have done it if the serpent had stayed away!” therefore blaming the serpent and God who created that being. In and odd twist of events, it seems that the only one not casting blame is Satan.

It is our nature to blame others for our actions. But as believers, we have been made new and no longer are bound to the sin that we once clung to.

Make Excuses

“It’s only this once”, “I won’t do it again”, “Staying pure is hard, everyone does it, so why not me?” Do we make these excuses for sin? Are our sins being deemed “mistakes that everyone deals with?” Or are we owning up to them and saying, “Yeah, it’s a sin and I need help. I need a savior”?

Disagree with God

You’ve been caught in sin, you don’t think you’ve been sinning, so God must be wrong. OK, maybe you aren’t that extreme. But the Bible has mistakes in it, right? I mean, it’s such an old book, it can’t possibly be accurate. Even if it bears the exact same message that it used to, it isn’t culturally relevant anymore, right? I mean, who can possibly follow the commands it lays out? This “sin”, as the Bible calls it, is way to fun to let go of. God wants me to have fun, right? Why are you being a killjoy?”

This is the most common thought on biblical correction. It’s the idea that the Bible is not God’s inspired Word. It’s the thought that the Gospel is shameful. But we need to understand the Bible means what it says. Sin is sin and needs to be dealt with no matter how fun it is or how great you appear to the world around you. If you are in sin and people are trying to correct you don’t automatically think they are being judgmental. Pray. Seek God’s face in the matter. Study the Word. He is mighty to save and will heal the sin.

I’m good

I have become good at attacking sin in the lives of other people. Send me towards a vile sinner, and I will set them straight. The power of the Gospel is working so much in me that I am able to point out even the smallest trajectory away from God and bring you into repentance. Yup! If you need some one to confront a sinner in your life with the truth of Jesus, I am the one to call.

What about my own sin, you ask? Well, a mistake every once in a while doesn’t really count as a sin. I slip up here and there, but who doesn’t? No, I’m talking about the sin in the lives of others. When they are dishonoring their parents, being proud of their accomplishments, or lusting after power, women and possessions, they need a punch in the throat. My sins are never that grievous. I am not that bad.

And then I read things like this

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, You should be holy, for I am holy.”- 1 Peter 1.13-16

“For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle his own body.”- James 3.2

And I remember that I am not perfect

Actually, I am far from it. Just last week I was working on confronting (more like obnoxiously complaining to and about) another person’s sin when I became increasingly aware of the sin in my life. This person is controlling, rude, and a liar. But that doesn’t mean they are worse than me. By Friday I was able to point out specific occurrences of my laziness, lust and pride. I am daily in need of truths that songs like this portray:

I need to sing this everyday… to me. I am guilty of the same thing. I am a sinner. I need Jesus daily.

“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the foremost. But i received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”- 1 Timothy 1.15-16