Friday, July 20, 2012

Sin will Highlight God's Attributes.

I'm reminded this morning, as I hope to be reminded every morning, that my sin highlights many attributes of God. Sin is trusting in anything other than Christ for your supreme joy and happiness. It's settling for a cheap imitation of happiness that will leave you empty and desperate. When you are in this position, and we all are, all the time, see God for who He is.

God takes sin seriously. When you sin you are telling God that you can be happy without Him and that worshipping something else is what you were created for. God despises sin but at the same time He is with you and doing so many good things in your midst. He is wooing you to Himself by exposing your sin and showing you that your supreme Joy rests solely in Him. He is being patient with you, kind, steadfast in His love, offering you freedom and forgiveness.

I need to be reminded of this, daily. For so many years I viewed God as despising me when I sinned, I knew He loved me but that was called into question when I failed with the same sins over and over. I thought God was backing me into a corner and pointing his fingers and shaking His head, almost as if He knew I would mess up again and saying, "Look what you got yourself into".

I've come to realize that when the Prodigal Son returns his father doesn't hep condemnation on his son. He doesn't stiff his lip and tell him, "I told you so." He does the opposite. He literally runs to him, rejoices with Him and hosts a huge party to celebrate his excitement. Although the Prodigal Son's example of us first coming to Salvation it is a depiction that can be used in how God relates to us after salvation. When we sin after salvation, and when we are repentant, God will come towards us offering patience, kindness, grace, mercy, unending love and a robust intimacy with Himself.

This is one of the ways theology matters. The way you view God in the midst of your sin, and in your state of repenting is important. You must see God as the Bible describes Him. He is not careless about your sin and overlooking it. On the other side, He is not demanding penance or demanding you stay hidden in a spiritual corner until you read your Bible enough or feel condemned enough. He is serious about bringing you to repentance, exposing the idols you treasure above Him but in the midst being patient with you, kind, steadfast in His love. This is where you will grow to understand attributes of His patience and His undeserved, unearned, unwavering love for you because of Christ.

May you remember today that God is for you. He is calling you to repentance. He is being patient, kind, steadfast and will work even your sin for your good to cause you to treasure Christ more. Look at His attributes that are being highlighted in your repentance. Worship Him for being patient with a sinner as such as yourself, for loving you despite your sin, for wooing you to Himself when your wanting something other than Christ.

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