Monday, July 13, 2015

hearts far from God

today's readings: 1 Chron 15:1-16:36, Rom 1:18-32, Psalm 10:1-15, Prov 19:6-7

well, Paul lays it out today. he talks about how we all start out knowing God is there, because the wonder of His creation points to Him. but so many of us turn from that knowledge, and deceive ourselves, and fall into a moral abyss like the one in the pic above.

it is easy to see the words of Paul reflected in our society today. and there are those who gleefully point out how sinful everyone today is, implying that they themselves are above such sin. also seeming to take delight in the fact that these "sinners" are bringing their own destruction upon themselves.

but the heart of God weeps for these misguided people. Jesus died for them. He paid a price you and i cannot fathom, so that those very people can come back to Him and be saved from those lives.

and, if we really look at our own lives, and at the holiness of God, we realize that we need that healing, too. we may not be floundering in the darkness and sin that we see our brothers and sisters doing, but we find the sins that so easily cause us to stumble all around our ankles. and chief among them is the pride of looking down on our fallen siblings with contempt and apathy.

just as God hurts for the fallen, so should we. just as He agonizes over their condition, so we need to care for them, to hurt with them, to desire their being lifted out of their darkness and back into the light and life of God.

God, please place your love into my heart, that i might love your children the way you do.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

It is so hard to not judge others and the world, it is hard for Christians who know the Word and see what is happening around them...but loving those that we consider "sinners" is what we are called to do. Hate the sin but love the sinner. The more we can do this the closer to God we become.