Friday, August 19, 2011

Digging Deeper James 4:8-9

"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom."

Points to Ponder:
Doesn't this verse strike you rather odd? Be wretched and mourn and weep? That doesn't sound like the Victorious Christian life, does it? Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom? That doesn't sound like the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.

It seems to me, that we (myself included) tend to take our sin so casually. When was the last time I was broken, really broken over my sin? I'm not suggesting morbid introspection but are we grieved over our sin?

Lest we get stuck in the sorrow, my pastor used to say, "For every one look at our sin, we should take ten looks at the cross." He did not say, "we're saved we no longer need to look at our sin - it's forgiven." I believe we can lose our heart of genuine repentance if we rush past our sin, "because it's forgiven."

Let us take seriously our sin and our desperate need for a Savior for each one, and then rejoice in the cross and forgiveness.


Diane Hunt is the Director of Addiction Recovery and Development at America's KESWICK. In addition to her Keswick responsibilities which keep her busy, she loves to read, write and teach, travel and laugh with her grandchildren. Diane has been married to her husband John over 26 years. She has 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 step-children, and 7 step-grandchildren.

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