Think about it! We often feel that when we sin that God is despised with us and doesn’t want to be around us. Yet if that is true, why was it that Jesus spent the vast majority of his time with sinners. Many times in the gospels it mentions how often Jesus was in the company of those who were on the outside of the religious world. It was He who was most despised for hanging out with sinners. It was the religious community that did most of the despising. Matthew 9:9-11 (NLT)
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. 10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”
If Jesus did such things while here on earth how much more is His love poured out for each of us now that we live under grace. He loved sinners, He just hated the sin that enslaved them. Now how much more is he around us through God’s Holy Spirit who dwells with us in omniscience and omnipotence in this dispensation of Grace. Because of Jesus sacrifice, we are washed clean and the Holy Spirit who governs the dispensation of Grace is always there for us. When we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord He is always our greatest advocate when we scrape our knees, and cut and bruise our feet on this journey through humanity.1 John 1 and 2, paint a beautiful picture of God’s desire for our lives through the lens of grace. We see first how John encourages us not to live a life of sin, but if we do sin there is the best attorney in the universe representing us who always wins the verdict of “NOT GUILTY“ for us. It is then that we see John speak to us about some hardcore truth through the filter of a grace filled God and us living a grace filled life. 1 John 1 (NLT)
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declared to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. 1 John 2
1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 3 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 4 If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. 8 Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.
None of us will ever be able to walk in complete perfection here on earth, and because of guilt and shame we too often feel that we have become despised by God. Yet when Jesus ascended to heaven He sent the great comforter and counselor in the all present Holy Spirit, who is always right there with us no matter what we are going through. We can’t escape His presence, we just become unaware of it. John 14:15-17 (NIV)
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
My wife made a great analogy as she said to me that so often those of us who are followers of Christ have spiritual bulimia where we swallow the pill of God’s grace, which is un-merited favor into our lives and then vomit it back up again and take on shame in its place when we mess up. As if like in the Matrix movie we hold a great pill of the truth of God’s love in our hand never to fully swallow it and let it dissolve into the entirety of our being.
God’s desire is that we do not live like spiritual Bipolar’s either where we are spiking up again and down again living a life on His path and then jumping over to a path of sin and destruction. But that by His grace we would learn how to walk along the path of His will for our life through the power of His un-ending grace for our lives. Once you are accepted, He never un-accepts you. That is the message of the gospel.
That is why it is called good news. Because we don’t ever have to walk through life feeling despised, but rather we can walk through life knowing that even when we slip, God says we are un-punishable! We are forgiven! We are loved! Swallow the pill and keep it swallowed!
Kameron Lombard © 2011.
life is so busy at times that we forget to notice the little things. this blog is simply about seeing perspectives in everyday life. Life is a journey filled with destinations. Make your own mold. Or be forced into one.
I am 33 and living in San Antonio TX with my beautiful Puerto Rican wife Jessica of 12 years. She is my rock and stability more than she’ll ever know. Our adorable princess Giavanna is now three, with our newest arrival, Valencia who was born in July 2010. I like to connect with interesting people who have unique perspectives. If you have some, feel free to share them with me.
Love God, those around me, love myself, do good.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
These values are what our lives, families, and world need more of! They are pretty universal, so I can’t find many that would disagree with life looking a little more like this.
what i want most:
to see the 9 values above as part of global culture. from one to many.
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Kameron Lombard http://KameronLombard.com