Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:13-18 ESV
These verse’s were a part of my devotional today. I immediately thought of a couple of current events in my own life and even in this country.
Our country is facing an epidemic of enormous proportions. I am greatly disheartened because many of us believe we are becoming wise when we are spiraling farther away from our Creator, and in this worldly wisdom we are becoming weak.
As a culture, we refuse to take personal responsibility for our actions, or attitudes and behavior. Even among Christians, we defend our sin. We blame our childhood or those we decided are difficult to work with, we lash out at those we should love or decide that is the way were were made. We excuse the need for self-control because that’s just the way we are. We live our lives as we desire, rarely giving thought to how the Lord Jesus desires us to live. Or worse yet, we twist Scripture to make it be what we want it to be so we can justify our lifestyles of sin.
And our hearts become hard to the pricking of the Holy Spirit. And then we begin looking like the world.
“Compassionate “Christians often attack those that stand for righteousness. They defend immoral and vile behavior in the name of compassion. Forgive me for being blunt, but offering worldly compassion to those living a sinful lifestyle is not compassion. Not only that but it is likely sending those people that you say you care about to an eternal damnation without hope.
Arrogance and pride lead to lies, coverups, theft, false accusations, blame-shifting and so much more. Oftentimes people are manipulated to believe a wrong view of the Gospel. Instead of allowing those steeped in sin to get the help they truly need, the compassion and mercy that Jesus Christ offers, they are allowed to believe the lie. A pornography filter might keep one with a porn addiction from eye candy on a computer, or a plagiarism program might stop the theft of words written by others but these kind of things will not address the deep roots of perpetual sin. Only under the conviction of the Holy Spirit will we realize the depth of our sin. And oftentimes that means lovingly confronting those living in sin. You might even be screaming at your screen right now. “DON’T JUDGE!” but that too is a wrong interpretation. Lovingly confronting those in sin is compassionate. It is kind. Yes, we all sin and fall short of God’s glory, but it doesn’t mean we live as we desire, and we allow others to live as they desire. It doesn’t mean God’s word is wrong. God often uses people for His purposes on this earth and loving confrontation is one of those ways. .
I fear that those defending sinful lifestyles instead of lovingly confronting them will be among those standing before the throne one day and crying, “Lord, Lord!” My heart aches to think of this. My heart aches to think of the many with the best of intentions, and the purest of motives being so deceived. I am devastated by this worldly wisdom that has infiltrated those who claim to be followers of Christ. In their effort to be wise, and compassionate, they have become weak to sin. They no longer stand firm with the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of salvation or the shield of faith. They are deceived, wishy washy and weak. They are strong to stand and defend behavior that is un-Christ like and leave people that desperately need the Cross in despair and without hope. And in an effort to be compassionate in their way, they please the evil one.
My heart longs to “fix it” but I cannot. Only by the conviction of the Holy Spirit can these eyes be open. Only Jesus Christ can offer the hope these people long for. I know first hand. For much of my young adult life, I lived for myself. Seeking love in wrong places, trying to fill the void with 25 cent drinks on ladies night at an ’80’s dance club named Confetti’s. And I was miserable inside.
Last week I made the statement that
Permissiveness to sin is not love. It is apathy. Love is boundaries. And sometimes love is discipline.
My friends, this is true. When we twist Gods word to make it mean what it doesn’t. When we make excuses for sin, we are sending those people we claim to love straight to eternal damnation. Boundaries are necessary in life. God’s word is true. God is just and holy and righteous. He loved us enough to send his son to the cross in our place.
All I am left to do is pray. To cry out on behalf of those that been blinded that their eyes might be opened.
Lord Jesus I pray fervently that you will open the eyes of the blind. That you will open my eyes to see my blind spots because I know I have them That we may see the truth outlined in your Word. That we will desire to put our sinful lifestyles behind us and run toward our Heavenly goal. I pray that you will free those living sinful lifestyles from their prisons. That you will prick hearts steeped in sin. That they will fall on our face in repentance. That, when we sin, we will be truly remorseful for the pain we have caused instead of making excuses. I pray that you will bring about the consequences of our sin for our good and ultimately for your glory! Thank you Jesus for your death, burial and resurrection on the cross. That you took the place of those who call you Lord. That we can be delivered from our wretched and sinful lives through your blood. Abba Father, Thank you!!!! You are awesome and amazing and we love you. In Jesus Name, Amen!
I may be linking up with Kate and the gang at Five Minute Friday. I haven’t decided yet. But this weeks word was the inspiration for this post that doesn’t meet the rules. This weeks word is “weak.”