Saturday, March 2, 2013
About Face! But Where?
'Tis the season.
And most of us know that it means more than being sorry.
It means turning around and walking in the opposite direction.
Stop lying and start telling the truth.
Stop losing your temper and start responding calmly and with kindness.
Stop wanting what someone else has and develop satisfaction for what is already yours.
I can do that.
Well maybe, but even if I can, it's not enough.
It's not enough.
Something else is going on here that requires our strict attention, and it has to do with the nature of sin in the first place.
Against You, You only, have I sinned.--Psalm 51:4
The same goes for us.
Turning around and going in the opposite direction does not mean only changing how I act. It means changing my attitude toward the primary victim of my sin--God.
If God is the true victim, then it is this relationship I need to most urgently repair.
I have sinned against God.
Now, having turned around, I must actively seek God.
That is repentance.
And when we do it, look what God says He will do:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.--2 Chronicles 7:14
Sounds good to me.