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  1. Great quote! Really makes me think that no matter what title one has, what one wears, where one lives, who your family is or how much you may be able to pay someone off…we are solely responsible for our own actions and would better off to call a spade a spade…or the blackness of sin a sin.

  2. What a great proverb, Sara! One that truly spans the eons and ages from the time Adam & Eve sinned in their “skins” up to the present day and beyond until Jesus comes.
    God is no respecter of persons (Acts: 10:34). AND NEITHER IS SIN!

  3. Great quote. In I John 1:18 NIV it reads:
    If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
    As we view the news of today we see judgement fall as one after another’s sin is exposed in the press. If we do a thorough examination of ourselves and look closely in the mirror we find we are fighting sin everyday in our own lives. If we are lucky enough to be apart of an accountability group the sins are exposed and dealth with.

  4. Love the beauty of knowing we can discard sin from our lives with the proper know how! How cool is that?

  5. This quote is from RC Sproul

    When we diminish our sin, we foolishly rest in ourselves. When we despair in our sins we foolishly diminish His grace. Our calling is to OWN our sin, to plumb its depths, but then to know that God’s grace in Christ is greater still.
    Deep sorrow and repentance followed by deep confidence in His grace will lead to deep and immovable joy. R.C. Sproul
    So it would seem that if we are quite contrite and sorry for our sin,buf unless we turn to the Cross of Jesus Christ and His saving grace, we are on the merry-go-round of sin.

  6. O well if one calls their behavior “inappropriate” as Rep. Anthony Weiner, NY has just publicly done what would that mean? Inappropriate by whose standards? If not God’s then I would wonder whose standard are we speaking. of.

    If not sin by the standard of God’s Word than we are left with one opinion against another….this is most interesting.

  7. That sure is true about one opinion against another. Also does appropriate have to do with the setting? Or the audience? Would we rate it like a movie? Or does appropriate have to do with convenience? Or how much can one get away with before your caught…or it’s labeled. Is it appropriate if it stays hidden from the view of others?
    I think this statement from Sara’s May 25th blog,” The Heart He Sees”
    (http://www.thedailylily.org/?p=1684#more-1684) is a good measuring rod for appropriateness: “Does my heart and actions line up with how He sees it? If not, I am in need of an undivided heart so that I can please Him.”

  8. Today, I read an article by Michael Hyatt, Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, “THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SIN AND A MISTAKE
    “In recent years, I have noticed an increasing tendency for people to admit to mistakes rather than sins. It happens at every level, whether someone is caught cheating on their spouse, filing false insurance claims, or shoplifting from a clothing store.

    After the National Enquirer broke the news about Senator John Edwards’ affair, he said,

    “Two years ago I made a very serious mistake, a mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In 2006, I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness. And we have kept this within our family since that time.”

    On the surface, this admission seems humble and contrite. What more could you want?

    But when people refer to this kind of behavior as a mistake rather than a sin, they are either consciously or unconsciously evading responsibility.”

    This is the thought that has been going through my mind when above I mentioned Weiner’s inappropriate behavior, as he calls it. I wonder if our behavior refuses to change because we refuse to face, admit the honesty of and change?

    Thanks Debi for the reference, “The Heart He Sees.”

  9. Michael also says, “…sin is more than a mistake. It is a deliberate choice to do something you know is wrong.”

  10. Michael Hyatt really makes a clear differentiation with his analogy.
    What you say, Sara, makes sense. I think when we call our behavior sin then all of a sudden we own our behavior. It’s not someone else’s or due to some other influence. When it’s the very stuff we are made of, we’d probably rather not look and have to face who we are.

  11. What encouraging words from the book of I John….It it near and dear to my heart. What about yours? “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” I John 2:1 NIV

  12. Yes, Sara, very dear to my heart, to know that Christ is an advocate for me and everyone, who repents. Verse 2 of the above scripture (1John 2) says: “He died in our place to take away our sins, and not only our sins but the sins of all people.”

  13. Yes, Sara, it is heartening to realize to full capacity that Jesus Christ the Son is ever making intercession for us before the Father in Heaven. Jesus has our names on His lips and is beseeching the Father of Mercies to look upon us through the Blood of the Lamb. It is constant, it is consistent, it is continuous and continual. He is EVER, EVER, EVER, until we close our eyes in death, praying and standing in the gap for us. What kind of love is this? It is too remarkable to imagine how greatly He loves His children…..and when we sin and ask for forgiveness from the heart, Jesus, as the Scripture says above, comes before the Father for us. When the accuser of the brethren, satan, comes to point out our sins, Jesus comes to our defense and the Holy Spirit convinces us to repent and change our ways. Why would we NOT want to serve and love and obey so Great a GOD?

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