A Letter to Ask Your Forgiveness

Dear Native American/ First Nations Friends, and to those who do not want to call me friend,

I am writing this because I felt that God was saying this was necessary.  There are more wounds than what I will say, but these are the wounds I will address on behalf of Christians in America.

Please forgive my nation.  Forgive us for believing that our culture was superior to your own.  Forgive the Christians in this nation for forcing our culture on you and saying it was God’s way.  For not being wise enough to discern what was our culture from what was God’s way even though we had been shown grace when our peoples first became Christians—this was when the followers of Jesus had the grace to say that the new the European followers of Jesus did not have to obey all of the cultural practices of the Jewish people to worship God—that they should only have to give up and change a few things that related back to their past religions and take on a heavenly culture.  We did not say that to you.

Did we tell you there was a better culture than our own that we should all have to change to follow?  Our Great Heavenly Father’s culture and his ways?  That those ways are love?  Did we forget to say that and show that?  I am so sorry.  Did we fail to understand God’s words in Revelation where all tribes and nations were gathered before God to honor and praise him?  Do all “tribes and nations” mean that we all looked the same and sang him the same songs?  Did we fail to say you can sing your songs to Him your own way?  With your own instruments?  In your own language? In your own clothes or regalia?  I am so very sorry because I believe we have broken our own God’s heart by crushing you with our own vanity—you, a beautiful people whom he made to honor him with their own song, not ours.  Please forgive us.

We have been very unkind brothers and sisters at times.  Please know that our Father God is far, far more loving than his children have represented him to be.  Some of my nation still does not see what we need forgiveness for.  Can you forgive that too?  Can you find it in your heart to love us with a love and forgiveness as great as our God’s?

 

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Hurt in the Church

I love my church family.  Always.  But I have had more than my share of hurtful experiences from the church as well.  Some of the most hurtful people that I have met and known have been leaders in churches (though I have also had my share of wonderful leaders as well!) and I wonder how can that be when we are meant to love each other.  But people are not our God.  God is our God.  So I have kept my eyes on Him at hard times.  My kids fight a lot.  They do not always reflect my values.  But they are still part of my family…I am not kicking anyone out of the family!  That is how it works.  We don’t usually blame mom and dad because our sister hit us.  Blaming God for hurts from Christians isn’t the best way, either.  They are growing and learning just like we are.

What has been your experience in the church?

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Waiting on a Sleeper to Arise

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I have been sitting, biding the time, waiting for my son to finally wake up and realize that he is hungry so that I can feed him and spend time with him.  I am longing to spend time with him–I just love to be with him.  I think that is how God waits for us.  He patiently waits for us to wake up and realize we need spiritual food from him–that we need him to feed us.  And he just loves to spend time with us, just to be with you and me.

Maureen Silveyra 10/19/2012

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God’s “I Love You”

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When my little boy was about 1 ½ years old, he would want something very desperately. Sometimes it was a sweet treat or other times he wanted to go outside and there was a good reason he could not that day. There was always a good reason when he did not get his way, but he was not old enough to understand why. Even if I had explained it, he would not yet comprehend. He would cry and cry and I would cuddle him. Even though I was the one who said “No” to him, he still wanted to be near me. Usually he would cry and cry when he was close to nap time, so I would cuddle with him in bed until he fell asleep with his arms around my neck. Because he would not understand why, all I could do what to tell him, “I love you, so much, baby.” To me, that was all he needed to know right then.

Have you ever talked to God, asking him “Why?” Why is this happening? What should I be doing right now with my life? Why can’t I do that?   And all you hear him say is “I love you.” Have you ever said to him…”Yeah, yeah, I know that already, can’t you give me something more profound?” What if that is the most profound answer? What if “I love you” explains everything you need to know right then? What if we couldn’t handle understanding why at that time? Maybe we aren’t really mature enough to handle the real reason God isn’t answering our questions or why we are enduring something we are going through, or maybe we are asking the wrong question to begin with? What if his “I love you” is the answer that should be enough to calm our questioning souls because we can trust him to be looking out for our good in all situations, just like a mother telling her crying infant (Why can’t I have cookies before I’ve eaten my veggies?) “You’ll be okay, I love you.”

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Missing the Bed

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I walked in the darkness back to my room. Usually we had a night light on but the bulb had burned out. I tried not to think too much so I could fall back asleep right away. I obviously succeeded at not thinking too much because, as I lay back down on my bed, my bed was not there! I fell through the air to the floor, crashing into my 3 year old’s box of toys as I landed. Hopefully no one heard that.

“Are you OK?” came from my sleepy husband. He had heard. I found where my bed actually was and assessed the situation. I had pulled a muscle pretty badly but otherwise, I was alright. As I pondered how that had happened, I realized that I had tried to lay down where our bed had been a few months before.

Have you ever done that? As I was thinking about how foolish I was, I realized that wasn’t the first time I had done something like that…you can “miss the bed” spiritually too.

Many years ago, I had a small credit card debt from buying a computer (it was about $1200). I didn’t have a big income and I expected it was going to be a long while before I paid it off. When Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast hard, I made the decision to go down and help out with relief efforts. I quit my job, and wondered how I would pay off this debt. As I worked down there, God provided for me. I made sure that any money people gave to me to support me was not used to pay off my debt, and even still I paid it off far faster than I expected to when I had an income.

That experience made me believe that if I got into debt but was doing the things of God, that God would pay off my debts. I relied on what I thought I knew about God several years later while I was teaching at an impoverished inner city school. I used my credit card to buy things I needed for the classroom and my school children, and expected since they were for a good cause, that God would pay it off. Well, it took me a couple of years to repay this debt, and God did not do a miracle to help me settle it…it took some hard work from my new husband and myself to pay it back.

This is where I could just get mad at God for not coming through for me when I was doing work for him, but that would be a bit like getting mad at my bed for not being there when I tried to lay down on it. God does not change…the Bible tells me so. God’s promises do not change, like the size of my bed. It doesn’t change, it is always there. I can rely on it if I only know where it is! That is why it is ever so important to go back to the Word of God written in the Bible. When we go off-track in understanding God, it isn’t because he has changed, frequently it is because we forgot what the word really says about a matter. I trusted in God’s grace over his word. He says “Be in debt to no one” but I trusted on his grace to me at an earlier time as being a rule above his word.

But I was not relying on his promises, I was relying on his grace. Say that you have the rule in your house that your children can have television time once they make their beds. Your child fails to make his bed one day, but he had helped out around the house in other areas and has been a pretty good guy. You might say “That is okay, go ahead and watch your show on tv today.” That is grace. But if your child starts to believe that he no longer really needs to make his bed to be able to watch a show, it is likely you will find the need to remind him of the rule. He is relying on your grace rather than on the rule you have established.

Grace changes. If you try to lie down on the bed of grace where you did last time, you will crash to the floor. There are no rules for grace or it wouldn’t be grace, it would be a promise. The promises of God are trustworthy. Let us keep in God’s word so that we know where the bed is.

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Keep It From Falling

“He is Lord, let him do what is good in his eyes,” said Eli.

Doesn’t this seem like a good response to what the Lord says?

Eli was priest over Israel before the kingdom was established and when judges ruled over the nation. We perhaps only hear about his story because his life intersects with a young boy named Samuel, whom God set aside as a prophet, and one of the most influential people in Israel’s history. Eli was ministering in the house of God when Samuel was given by his mother to stay and minister for all of his life before the Lord, and Eli raises and shapes the life of this young man as well as having raised his own sons who served before the Lord.

You might think that, with the same person raising them, Samuel and Eli’s sons would have had a similar regard for the Lord, but that was not the case. Eli received a prophetic warning that his sons would die for their great sin before the Lord, and that his family line would not continue to prosper. After this warning, God gave another warning to Eli—this time through the boy Samuel.

Even after a second warning, there was no repentance from Eli in the matter, and no recorded discussion Eli had with his sons. Eli seemed only to fear the people and not God. (Eli’s only rebuke to his sons came after he heard what people were saying about them, not after what God had said!) Eli’s response to Samuel’s revelation of God’s heart and of the upcoming disaster of his family’s lives was,

“He is Lord, let him do what is good in his eyes,” said Eli.

Though this may seem like a godly response to the Word of the Lord since it does regard the Lord’s sovereignty, it lacks any sort of response or responsibility to what the Lord says. There is a verse in the New Testament that says in James 1: 22-25,

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.   (NIV)

Eli had a mirror placed before him, saw the sin, and then failed to respond to what he saw. His response recognized God’s sovereignty, but he did not honor the Lord by responding!

To put it into an every-day context, I have told my kids that there was a big mess in the living room, and if they didn’t clean it up, they would not receive their full allowance. But what do I really want them to do? Do I want them to fail? Of course I don’t. I want them to clean up the mess and receive their full allowance. I don’t desire their punishment. Neither does God. I believe God just wanted them to clean up the mess of sin.

So, if Eli’s response was not the best way to handle God’s rebuke, what IS a good response to the word of the Lord? Well, let us look at another man who received a rebuke and a judgment from the Lord. King David was known as a man after God’s heart, but he, too, sinned in a way that brought devastation to others. What was his response to the Lord’s correction? On both of the occasions, when he was confronted with the sin, he repented before the Lord, and begged, prayed and fasted humbly for God’s mercy on those whom his sin was affecting. No matter what God’s response was to his pleas, he took God’s words very seriously, and did not let the prophetic words from God he received fall to the ground. He did not look just to his own fate, but loved those around him enough to ask God for mercy on them, unlike Eli.

David’s adultery with Bathsheba was one of those instances. David had sinned, and then seemingly went on with his life, unaware of God’s grievance against him until the prophet Nathan came and gave David God’s words of rebuke and judgment on the sin. The word was that the son born to David would die because of this. David looked into the “mirror” of God’s word and saw himself as God saw him, and David repented. It was a very similar word as what Eli had been given about his sons, and yet the response was so different. David fasted and prayed up until the time that his son died in hope that God would change his mind. David showed concern for the next generation, and fear of the Lord. In another instance where God judged David for a sin, when David repented, God did take action in showing mercy. No matter what the outcome, God wants us to be changed when he gives a rebuke.

Eli’s response is similar to King Hezekiah’s, when the prophet Isaiah told him that everything in his palace and some of his own descendants would be taken away to Babylon because of his sin. Hezekiah’s response was like Eli’s, “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” and it goes on to tell why he responded that way: “for he thought, ‘will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?” Did this response take any responsibility for HIS actions? Did it look to the well-being of others around him? And though Hezekiah had walked most of his life in good relationship to God, he grew lazy toward the word of God at the end of his life.

God’s rebukes are not a bad thing.

Hebrews 12:5-6 says, “My (child), do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as a (child). It is too much work to discipline those you do not care about. I put effort into my children, because I want to see them grow to have good character, and sometimes this requires rebuke. I take time to discipline them because I love them and care about who they are to become. Do not be discouraged by the Lord’s correction. This is how we grow to be like Him.

How does the word of God come to us? Is it always a rebuke? No! I believe God would rather be talking to us about his plans and what he is doing, not having to correct us. But remember, we will always be corrected as long as we are children of God.

The next sentence in the Bible after Eli said his final remarks of “He is the Lord, let him do what is good in his eyes”, the bible says in contrast that Samuel, however, feared the Lord and “didn’t let any of his words fall to the ground.” Samuel loved the Lord and knew that what God said was precious. He treated what God told him with honor and respect. Samuel walked with the Lord and obeyed him so that the Lord trusted him with many important tasks that were to be done in this important time in the history of Israel. Because of Samuel’s obedience to the Lord, Saul was established as first king over Israel, and then later, David was anointed by Samuel to be king. Samuel had to give some difficult words to individuals and to people of Israel, but he had the joy of a close walk with the Lord, an the opportunity to be in the middle of what God was doing.

Don’t we want to be there too? So let’s look at the words that God gives us, and make certain that we, like Samuel, do not let God’s words fall to the ground.

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Be Visionful

BE VISION-FUL  

“Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”

Proverbs 29:18  21st Century King James Version

“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” 

–Proverbs 29:18  The Message

What is vision?  Vision can be seeing ahead to some future time, sometimes by imagination, sometimes by logic, and at other times vision is a God-given thing.  So much of the Bible was written down because God had given people some vision or promise of their future, the future of Israel or the future of the world.  That is what God is up to—showing us where to go and  what he is going to do–something to hold on to in the middle of the confusion of the world around us—vision for His plans.

In one of our often-told Old Testament stories, a young man of seventeen, named Joseph had a dream.  He was given a vision by God that Joseph and his brothers were binding sheaves of grain in the field when suddenly his sheave stood straight up, and his brother’s sheaves bowed down around it.  He had a second dream that the sun, moon and eleven stars were bowing down to him.  These dreams were God-given, about a future time when God would raise up Joseph to power over the nation of Egypt as well as over his brothers and family.

Joseph believed these visions, so he did not lose sight of God’s plans in the middle of the circumstances around him.  Even at the beginning, Joseph’s dreams were not based in the reality of what he saw around him.  He was one of the least of his brothers (the second youngest), and would not naturally have authority.  They were nomadic, and were not a settled people of influence.  How could his dream be true?  It was not based in the natural.

And yet he did hold on to the visions God had given.  He did not lose sight of it in the middle of the circumstances around him.  How do we know that?   Joseph did not let go of the vision he received from God, or he would not have continued to be righteous while the world set him up to fail.   Joseph’s family—those closest to him—brought his greatest opposition and his betrayal into slavery.  Then, after being sold as a slave, and working well for his new master and gaining his owner’s favor, Joseph was wrongly jailed by his this man for his master’s wife’s false accusation of rape.  If Joseph had lost sight of God’s vision, he would have given up hope and living righteously, since it had only gotten him in trouble so far, but he did not.  God does not care about people’s plans, he makes even the things meant for destruction into something he can use to bless the righteous person.  God even used what Joseph’s brothers meant for destruction to bless them through their brother!

Things do not always look like we think they should when we are in His will, but, as Romans 8:28 assures us,

“…we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

God fulfilled the vision he gave Joseph that one day he would rule over his brothers and parents and the land when Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt gave favor to Joseph, and made him second to Pharaoh in Egypt.   God fulfills his purposes despite how circumstances may look.  Remember Proverbs 29?

Joseph had vision and kept God’s law until the vision was fulfilled. Vision requires tenacity and godliness.

What is the vision God has given here?  We are blessed with the problem of many people who want to follow the Lord and a small building in which to do it.  What happens when we have so many capable members of the body of Christ ready to serve?  It is time to commission them to move out like the apostle Paul did, into the world, and reach even more people with the awesome love of God so that all people here can be empowered to do what the Lord has called them to do.

We can choose to stay comfortable, but that is rarely where God wants us to be.  I can think of no heroes from the Bible who made comfortable decisions.  Vision requires faith that God will do what we cannot entirely see.  There is little faith needed when we are comfortable.  The joy comes when we press into the excitement of the unknown—which can sometimes be a little scary; it is then that we get to see what God is capable of.  Rarely did God show his strength or miracles when people were comfortable…

Let us look at the apostle Paul.  It is ironic, in a way, that he is known for his visions from God, because he began having no sight of what God was doing at the time.

Paul began with knowledge of God—he was well trained in the word of God—and a zeal for God as well.  He was so zealous, that he was ready to persecute and have killed those who were following what God was doing—those who had the vision of what God was doing in that time—those following Jesus.  But Paul lacked God’s vision despite how religious he was and how well-intended were his motives.  God had to take away Paul’s physical vision when God encountered him in a blinding light on the road to Damascus, so that he could see with his spiritual eyes what God was doing.

After God gave him new vision (spiritually and physically),Paul was ready to be zealous for God’s true purposes.  This would not come easy.  God assured Ananias, the man who prayed for Paul’s vision to return, that Paul would suffer for his faith, and he certainly did.  But Paul had the joy of the vision set before him—that God wanted him to bring the good news to people who had not heard.  Seeing things through the eyes of God is so rewarding! Paul and his friends took joy even when persecuted because they could see that God was working and bringing people into the kingdom…what excitement and what a treasure!

Paul was commissioned by God to bring people into the kingdom, and then establish groups of believers who would gather together.  He would empower them to be who they were called to be, calling out their gifts God had given them, not to be used purposelessly, as they had done before, but to use them for the kingdom of God, together as a body of Christ, all different parts—different giftings that needed each other.

A church can rely too much on their pastor to do all the different jobs and make the church happen.  That is not God’s intent, however.  The pastor is to pray and give the church the heartbeat of what God is doing and pump this blood to the parts of the body that is the church (as Acts 6:4 implies as the apostles passed on work to others so that they could “give their attention to prayer and the ministry of the word,” and we, together, fulfill the vision of God by serving in the areas which God has gifted us in service, teaching, sharing, administration, the arts, etc.  When we each take part in this, we are a healthy body of Christ, and have the joy of seeing God’s vision fulfilled.

I Corinthians 12 is a chapter where Paul describes the church as the body of Christ. When we are not doing our part, the body is not healthy, because its liver is not doing its part and the left leg may be waiting for someone else to be the left leg and the person filling in that void is really an eye.  And maybe the ear is trying to be both the foot and the lungs since the foot and lungs have not stepped up to the plate.  Do what God has called YOU to do.

the people who had visions from the Lord. Israel might not have seen it themselves, but they knew the character of those who told them what God was up to.  Even Paul and Peter were given visions that the other apostles had to trust, but the apostles did so since they knew the characters of these men.  What counts is that we hold on tightly the vision God sets.

“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” 

–Proverbs 29:18  The Message

Jesus said “blessed are those who do not see and still believe”

Let us choose to be blessed.  You may be one who sees the vision of this church plant or you may not be seeing it with your own eyes, but only relying on those here who do see the vision.  Let us step out in faith, and trust that God is calling this body to plant a new ministry.  We may not have the vision ourselves, but we know the character of those who see it and believe it is a vision from the Lord.  When we follow the Lord in faith, it does not mean we will not have difficulty—likely we will find much opposition as both Joseph and Paul did, but it means we will see the fruit of what God is doing in a very special way, and the joy of partnering in God’s kingdom work.  Let’s keep the vision before us, because, as Proverbs 29:18 says “those who attend to what he reveals…they are most blessed.”

Let us be most blessed!

Lord, God, give us Your vision for this place, for our lives and for each other.  We release to You our love for what we know and are familiar with, to grab on to Your awesome plans.  AMEN!

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Losing Marbles

Lil asked me if I had any marbles she could borrow. I did. I had my special jar of marbles that had been my own since I was her age, so I took a few of them out and loaned them to her. I didn’t give her my favorite ones because I was fairly sure I might not get them back.

The following week, I found De, her brother, rolling my marbles under couches and furniture and down holes in floors, and I was glad I hadn’t loaned Lil anything of greater value to me because my distrust was warranted.

Nonetheless, I gave Lil and De another chance. They were going on a trip to see their family in Mexico, and so I thought it would be a nice thing for them to borrow my travel size Connect Four game for the long journey. They loved it! They began to playing it right away. I reminded Lil to take good care of it because I wanted it back with all of the pieces still there. Only ten minutes later, I heard all of the pieces hit the floor as De got upset at losing.

I was not happy, but what a perfect opportunity to show Lil and De how to treat things that belonged to others!

De began blaming his sister for the mess so vigorously that I knew for certain he did it. Finally, once he was able to listen, I asked him how he would feel if he loaned me his very favorite dinosaur book, and while I was borrowing it, I tore out some of the pages, and then gave it back to him. He thought fairly about it and said, “I would be mad, and think you needed to buy me a new Dino Data book…and maybe also give me a million dollars.”

“Yes, that is similar to how I feel about loaning you this game. And do you remember how you lost my marbles? I feel like that about them too. It isn’t that these things are worth a lot of money or anything, but they do mean something to me, and if you don’t take care of things of little value, how can I let you borrow things that are much more important and valuable to me?”

Do you ever think that that is how God deals with us? Sometimes he gives us gifts or talents that we are not using or treating properly.  He may or may not take the things away, but he certainly won’t trust us with deeper things. I believe God had a lot more he wants to give to us, but how are we treating the things of lesser value that he has already given to us?

Will we be like the man given many talents in the parable who is given many? Or will we abuse what we have currently, and have what little we have taken away?

If we have been taking things God has given us for granted, the first good step is to do what De did when I confronted him on losing my marbles. He gave me two treasures of his to try to apologize—a dinosaur tooth and a cool rock he had found. We need to ask God for forgiveness for treating the stuff he has entrusted us with poorly, and then we begin to honor him by honoring the small things he has given us.

What things of value to God are you not treating as valuable…your gifts of math, speaking, teaching, or the arts?…your coworkers?…your job?…your children?…your spouse? Can we show our Heavenly Father that we value his blessings enough that he will entrust us with more?

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My Baby

My baby
My belly is your grave
And I walk with the thought of your tiny life in me
Extinguished before its time
And yet,
As so very tiny as you are now
And as little as you had a chance to live on earth
I know your soul is big
I will not recognize who you are in heaven
Where you will be all you were ever meant to be
Where our lives are fulfilled
And there will be no more tears of sorrow
My tears will be saved
I’ll see you face to face and think
How wonderful it would have been
To have known you on the earth
And the joy to have the privilege
To be your mother
To help shape who you’d become.
But you have a heavenly father
Who will be a more perfect guide
And I trust Him to raise you
With more love and patience
Than I ever could have done
I cannot wait to see you
My little one
When you are not little
And do not need my help
But please come and know me
I am sure the Lord made you so beautiful,
And I would like to love you
From knowing who you are
Not just loving you
With my heart
But with my eyes and mind as well.

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The High Calling of Waste Management

I heard a loud crash of metal, and looked up to find the origin of this unpleasant noise.  I scoped out my surrounding to find that there was a garbage truck, emptying the dumpster from a nearby business into the large garbage truck, but it was losing a lot of garbage as it was doing its work, and making a very big mess in the process of cleaning up the garbage of others.

A reality hit me here.  We often do the same thing with the messes in the lives of people around us.  People do things that hurt us or they live a destructive life that does harm to others.  Likely we, ourselves, have hurt others and done things that brought destruction to others lives to differing degrees…after all, that is what sin is, and we are “all sinners.”

But what happens when someone asks for forgiveness, maybe cleans up their act, gets their life straight, starts making healthy and not destructive choices?  Well, in essence, they have picked up their trash, and have put it in the dumpster, for removal.

But what happens next is what I began pondering.  Like the garbage worker, we may facilitate taking out other people’s trash–especially if we are in ministry in the church in any way.  Did you know the job as garbage disposer is an important one?  This may not seem like a great responsibility, but it is.  It is in how we deal with the garbage, that we either make a big mess out of it for others, or we neatly assist in bringing the trash to where it belongs in the first place.

I Corinthians addresses the sexual sin of one of the members of the fellowship, and essentially says that that sin needs to be “cleaned up.”  The Apostle Paul said that the church needed to “expel the immoral brother” from the fellowship.  The church was being affected by the garbage of sin within the community.  But it would seem from 2 Corinthians, that the guy at fault here actually turned his life around and was grieved by his actions when the community of believers expelled him from their company.  So he had thrown his garbage in the dumpster, finally.  This believer had put it in the right place and was ready to get rid of sin in his life.

Now comes the reaction—this is where the trash workers come in.  The community of believers did not seem to know what to do with this response.  Paul had only told them to expel the man from their lives, but didn’t give them instructions about what should happen if he turned his life around.  Now what?  Do you keep on punishing someone?  Do you bring up their sin?  Do you treat them badly because of their past?  Do we continue to ignore someone after they have made things right?  How we deal with the sins of others is so very important.  This was the point at which they would decide if they would throw the trash of another man on the ground too, and dispose of the sin badly, or if they would totally and neatly pick up his mess and take it out of the town.

Paul said that a little bit of yeast works through the whole batch.  Unforgiveness is like that, too.  If we do not forgive when someone turns their hearts back to God’s standards and back to his people, then we are the ones that have a garbage problem now, not them.  We are making a mess out of the garbage that was taken to the right place in the first place.

What should our response be?  Paul let the Corinthians know the proper response.  He said, “If anyone has caused grief…the punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.  Now, instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.  I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.” (2 Corinthians 2: 5-8 NIV)
Love is the right response in waste management.

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