Frustrated with Sinners in your Life?

January 15, 2014

We’ve all been sinned against. No doubt, as you reflect on that statement someone’s face comes to mind. We can easily hold grudges and walk around with what seems to be terminal unforgiveness. We all know that this hurts us more than the person needing to be forgiven. But more to the point, it highlights the truth that we have forgotten who we are and where we’ve come from. We all continue to sin against God in grievous ways. And, if we have escaped any sin, or never struggled with a particular sin, it is solely because of grace. If you are spiritually healthy in anyway, it is only because of grace. Shouldn’t this produce graciousness in our lives? I’ll close with a quote from the hymn writer John Newton. He sums up this truth succinctly.

A company of travelers fall into a pit: one of them gets a passenger to draw him out. Now he should not be angry with the rest for falling in; nor because they are not yet out, as he is. He did not pull himself out: instead, therefore, of reproaching them, he should show them pity….A man, truly illuminated, will no more despise others, than Bartimeus, after his own eyes were opened, would take a stick, and beat every blind man he met.

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