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Hypocritical Christian

AttachmentIt’s easy to be a hypocritical Christian. The comparison game is human nature, so naturally we can start to think well at least I don’t do that… 

I’ve been a Christian since I was young, but I don’t believe I took Christianity seriously all my life. I knew the things I shouldn’t do, but I never had a heart of obedience quite as big as my heart of guilt. If I felt guilty enough, I wanted that to convince me not to sin. It wasn’t a matter of loving God enough to stop, or at least it wasn’t until I was older.

I say all that to say Christians should be more careful. I was a good kid, and I was a Christian in my younger days, but I don’t know that I was a Christ follower in the areas I most needed to be one in, in those areas where I had so much influence.

See, I didn’t get drunk, but I did drink too much. I didn’t have sex, but I might have gone a little too far. I didn’t exactly lie, but I didn’t tell the whole truth either. In my mind, I wasn’t perfect, but I certainly wasn’t as bad as “her” or “him.”

However, the bottom line still remains that I was and am not as good as Christ. Which means that I am imperfect and flawed. I sin. The comparison of my sin to others was bad. But the hypocrisy of my Christianity was just plain sad.

James 2:10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.

Matthew 7:1-3 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat other. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?”

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The Love Choice

Psalm 124:2 

What if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us? 

I will admit, I went off on a bit of a tangent with this verse in my quiet time, but it just brought all these different thoughts to mind. I started thinking about how my life really wouldn’t be my life if God hadn’t been by my side. All the things that I do or don’t do have made me better, simply because of God at my side. So, that led to even further thinking.

A lot of times I think it’s easy to think to ourselves that Jesus was perfect so life on earth would have been easier for Him than it is for us. But, He left a perfect place, to dwell on earth amongst imperfection. That doesn’t seem very easy. We don’t like going anywhere when things aren’t organized. The show starts late. The wedding is behind. Time is ticking, it’s just not… perfect. And we hate that. Yet, Jesus dealt with our imperfection.

It’s easy to say, well shouldn’t Jesus have been able to live a perfect life? Jesus is God and God is perfect, so yeah He came and lived a perfect life in an imperfect world, that should be possible. But why would He do that? Love.

God is Love. And God didn’t have to leave Heaven to be on earth. He chose to. And where there is love, there is a choice. That’s why it matters so much to have a God that chooses to be present. Because when He chooses to be there, He is choosing love.

Love provides a choice. God chose to love, because God is Love. He chose imperfect people to display His perfect love to. I should hope we would do the same.

But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:8

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How Does God Feel?

It’s so hard for us to watch people experience pain. It’s even harder to witness people going through something that they brought on themselves. It’s hard. But as I was praying this morning, thinking about how hard it is for me to witness, I thought about how hard it must be for God.

I can’t begin to understand what God faces. How does God feel?

Think about it. Hear me out on this. He knows that He never created us to experience pain and illness. He never meant for us to feel the way we do at times. He never had heartache in mind when He formed us in His image.

What might that feel like to see the very beings you created for perfection to be anything but that? What would it be like to see those beings live imperfect lives in a world that You originally created to be so good?

How hard would it be to see all that was meant for so much love, for so much good, be used to hurt others? To hurt the other beings You created for perfection. Imagine how hard it is as a parent to see your child choose the wrong path over and over and know that you sacrificed for them to live so much better.

Now, imagine creating something perfect, to be somewhere perfect, and to experience perfection. Think about all that was meant for good and for the good of one another. Now, think about how our world is today. This is not what God had in mind.

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Your Vision

God, it is not Your vision that I live in financial ruin. You don’t have a life of decaying health, emotional strain or mental instability in Your grand plan. That is not how You envisioned me when You created me, and it most certainly does not need to be the vision that I have for myself.

And in having that vision and living that lie, I’m living in paralysis. Paralysis of the spirit. There is a spiritual inability to act or function as the person You created me to be when I believe and live that lie. I’m not allowing Your Holy Spirit to work in my life by believing that lie.

It’s past time to start understanding that You aren’t a God that has a vision of imperfection. Yes, we do things that aren’t in Your will and become imperfect, but that is not how You vision our lives. And even then, You still use it all to glorify and honor Your kingdom.

So, obviously the problem isn’t You. It’s me. It’s my imperfect thoughts. It’s my settling. It’s my spiritual paralysis that’s the problem. When You thought of me, You thought of me as perfect. When You think of me, You still think of me in a loving way. So why is it so hard to see myself as better, when my Creator sees me as the best?

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In a Perfect World

In a perfect world

There wouldn’t be crime.

In a perfect world

Everyone would make time.

 

In a perfect world

There would be no poor.

In a perfect world

No need for war.

 

In a perfect world

There would be no sick.

In a perfect world

It wouldn’t be so much politics.

 

In a perfect world

There would be no Republican and Democrat.

In a perfect world

We would only deal with fact.

 

In a perfect world

Christianity would reign supreme.

In a perfect world

People would live out their dreams.

 

In a perfect world

There would be no fear.

In a perfect world

Happiness would be the only form of tear.

 

In a perfect world

It wouldn’t matter that I’m black and he’s white.

In a perfect world

Our differences would be alright.

 

In a perfect world

All these things would be.

But in this imperfect world

Those are perfections to me.

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