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Message from Duncan - July 2018

I’m going to talk about something you don’t want to hear. I’m talking about sin. I do this carefully, because some Christians seem obsessed with sin. But the bible has a lot to say about it. So it’s important. Scripture says, ‘If we walk in the light, as he is in the light… the blood of Jesus cleanses us from MOST sin…’ No, it doesn’t. It says ‘…ALL sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves… If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all un-righteousness.’ That’s the promise, but many people either don’t believe it, or don’t want to.

Do you remember saying ‘It wasn’t my fault!’ You knew, deep down, that it really was your fault, but you had convinced yourself it’s all right: ‘There are extenuating circumstances! If he hadn’t said that…’ Blah, blah..

We all have sin, and it’s no use trying to hide it from God. Being dishonest about it just adds to the problem. When you become aware of gossip in your life, don’t call it an honest assessment of situational facts. It’s a sin. When you become aware of a racist attitude in your life, don’t call it an honest dealing of the fear brought on by the white/black/brown feeling you’ve known in the past. It’s a sin. When you can’t find it within yourself to love another person, don’t say, ‘That person’s a twit, so I don’t have to love them.’ That’s a sin.

So when, or if, you pray, and God shows you your sin, don’t make excuses, don’t rationalise it. Just say, ‘It’s me, Lord. I’m not happy with that, and I repent.’

Now, what’s repentance? Repentance isn’t beating your chest and weeping. Repentance is knowing who you are, who God is, what sin is, what you’ve done, telling God, and being willing to let God change you. It’s no good saying, ‘I’m sorry,’ and not being bothered to do what God says.

One bible story is of Moses up the mountain, receiving the Law from God. The Hebrew people, because he’d been gone ages, started worrying. They said, ‘He’s probably dead,’ and felt sure that God had left them. So they went to Aaron, Moses’ deputy, and said, ‘Make us other gods to go before us.’ Aaron told them to bring all their gold jewellery. He melted the gold and fashioned it into a golden calf. Then he built an altar for it to be worshipped instead of God.

When Moses reappeared, was he upset. He confronted Aaron, and you know what Aaron said? Putting it simply, he said, ‘It wasn’t my fault. I just threw the gold in the fire and out came that golden calf. Don’t blame me.’ That’s rationalisation. In response, God didn’t say, ‘I see. Yes, there were extenuating circumstances. You’re a victim.’ No, he said, ‘I will visit their sin upon them.’

So, be honest about your sin. Don’t say, ‘I was walking along, and this sin attacked me. It wasn’t my fault.’

Having said that, why do you have to deal with you sin? To keep you out of hell? No. Jesus dealt with that. You deal with sin because you want to please the God who loves you. Who’s going to forgive you so completely?

The Christian lives under God’s grace. It’s important to understand this because dealing with sin isn’t much fun. It can be hard. There will be some failure. If you don’t understand grace, you’re not going to get better. Grace is at the heart of the Gospel: God made provision for his people because he knew we were messed up. If we don’t understand that, we’re going to be depressed and miserable, and we’re never going to get any better.

So start with grace. If you’re trying to be better, what’s the first thing to do? Go to Jesus and let him love you. That’s all. When you know you’re loved, then go out and live your life in thankfulness and gratitude for his love. You’re not going to get better any other way.

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Every blessing

Duncan

Reverend Duncan Tuck


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