Sinners, Hypocrisy and Jesus
Yesterday God was clearly revealing to me that I am a sinner.
I need not, I must not change that, or hide it, from myself, God or others, because Jesus is the friend of sinners. It's not the righteous, but sinners he came to call to himself - to love them, to save them, to change them from within.
This point of being sinners and not hiding it might seem small, but when our face is in the Book, our knees are calloused from kneeling prayer, and our approval from other Christians/other people on how well we're doing becomes the norm - it's at that point we are tempted the most, to forget that we are sinners saved by grace, and act as if we never sinned, or don't struggle with sin anymore. And what follows is that everyone else around us will start acting the same as if we never sinned, or don't sin anymore, and act like saints.
Result? There will be no TRUE HEALING. James 5:16 is not practised "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed." Certainly this must be done with wisdom, on sexual matters, girls with girls, guys with guys, and on other things as well with wisdom. It's in humility, brokenness, confession and repentance, when sinners saved by grace pray for one another, and are real, that God's friendship to us is restored, and he heals us whether it's spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically, or all at a same time, in his way and time.
Just picture to yourself that your best friend has really offended you, and he or she will come to hang out with you as if nothing happened. How would you feel? What would you think of him/her? Maybe you'd think - why doesn't he/she talk to me about it, and tell me "I'm so sorry"? I love my friend and want to hang out with together in reality, so our friendship would be restored again, and we could enjoy each other's company, and be blessed by each other as friends again.
Well, the same happens when we become unreal with ourselves, God, and our friends/others. The real connection and communication is closed, and the blessing of fellowship that was there before is dying out.
I'm speaking all this from experience. It has happened to me a few times, but God has showed me the problem with me and had to turn 180 again. There is much to say on this important point, but God will teach you dear brother/sister, "Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies." Psalm 25:8-10
He is "...a friend of...sinners!" (indeed!) Matthew 11:19 GOD IS SOOO GOOD!!!
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This is a great lesson
Vaclav, I appreciate this blog posting. If you see this, please let me know the phone number where you are staying in CB, so that I can call you and talk to you. I need to talk to you.