|A God like Us|
The Story: God does not always move immediately to redress wrongs within the community of faith. He works in His way and time, always giving men room to heed the striving of His Spirit (Gen. 6:3) and to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). The downside of this, of course, is that those who become comfortable in their sins don’t always heed the convicting prods of the Spirit (Jn. 16:8-11). The wicked in the congregation of Asaph’s Israel had persuaded themselves that if they could overlook their sins, so would God. God, they reasoned, was just like them, or how they perceived themselves – loving, understanding, tolerant, and not all that serious about sin. They were about to learn how wrong and misguided they had been. God is God, and He does not change His holy ways in order to accommodate our penchant for sin. They who presume to worship while harboring known sin in their lives will answer to the Lord, whether sooner or later.
The Structure: The appalling lack of discipline within churches today is encouraging a cavalier attitude toward sin on the part of many members. Wickedness in relationships, business, contracts, the Internet, and with respect to church vows is wickedness all the same. In our day, when God has been reduced in the minds of His people and His holiness is routinely flouted, the people of God can expect that, sooner or later, His holiness and justice will prevail. God loves His Church too much to tolerate her sin for very long. If we won’t discipline ourselves, then He will, and it will not be pleasant (Heb. 12:7-11). While all around us the effects of the fall continue to beguile and deceive lost men and compromised Christians, the Church must take seriously the call to repentance and renewal, for these characterize us as the community of redemption and restoration. Failure to do so can be catastrophic.How do you know when the Holy Spirit is seeking to convict you of sin? What do you do at that point?
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