I am passionate about our spiritual disciplines. First, the Word of God helps me to know the One who loves me more than anyone. Second, He has used His precious words to take a rank pagan who loved sin to one who loves Him and hopefully becomes more like His Son with each passing year.
We can’t go on, as Matt says, “being blind to our blindness’s”; We need the Word of God to point our sin out to us and then lead us to our High Priest who faithfully bore that very sin upon Himself. Most of us believe that since we are Christians we are free from sin’s enslaving power, yet we still carry the presence of sin. But in our heart of hearts, we can easily think of ourselves as really being pretty good. There is always someone to point to who looks a lot worse than we do, right? However, should we sit back, content with who we are, or should we press on to become more Christ-like? I believe that Jesus would have us press on, hard work though it may be. We have to be willing to look at what we don’t want to see and, heaven forbid, let others see. I don’t know about you, but I can go around being very happy to pat myself on the back thinking, wow I am sooo much better than I used to be. But then, I read the Bible and God shows me the sin that I must continue to put off.
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”
Ladies, we must train our minds and our hearts to look at our own sin rather than the sin of others. I was reading a blog the other day that was talking about how we, as wives, would rather point the finger at our husbands; after all, their sin is worse, right? Well to us anyway! And those of you who are single, the person whose sin is glaring to you. What we should be doing, sisters, is pointing the finger, first, at our own sin. We aren’t their Holy Spirit no matter how much we think that we are. And furthermore, despite popular belief, God does not need our help! I am not saying that from time to time, carefully choosing what we should point out,and how we should point it out, that we can’t confront our husbands/friends/family members (go easy ladies – we don’t want them confronting us on every little thing). But, I am saying that we will not be judged for their sin but for ours, therefore, our focus should be our sin that we will be judged for.
“A gospel that does not confront sin is not the gospel of Jesus Christ.” – John MacAuthur