The Love Of GOD and Sin
The human condition of sin that we live in from day to day is very real. We see it all around us, terror in the streets, gang warfare placing fear on entire neighborhoods, terrorism, placing fear on entire nations. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) The corruption of the hearts and minds of our children. Not only are our children’s minds being invaded with materialism, lust, idolatry and all kinds of impurity they are being exposed to it at an early age through television, radio, magazines and every media outlet available. There is a war going on for the hearts and minds of our young people. What was very unacceptable such as homosexuality is now being protected by the law. On July 24, 2011, Same-Sex marriage in the State of New York became legal under the Marriage Equality Act passed by the New York State Legislature on June 24, 2011. When did the law become lawless? “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12) It is now considered normal to be a same-sex relationship. “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.” (Romans 1:28) We have strayed from the truth and our children are being scarred because of it. The Truth is now being called ‘Bigoted’. We live in frightening times.
There is a veil of reason and compromise being placed on our eyes. We cannot compromise with a righteous GOD. GOD has not called us to live a life of reason and compromise but of holiness. ‘For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins’ (Hebrews 10:26). We cannot compromise any longer the atonement the blood of Jesus made for our sins. GOD has loved us with an everlasting love. Let us remember the nails that dug into his blood stained hands and feet, the spear that pierced his side, the crown of thorns that tore his flesh, “He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) GOD grants us mercy every day.
Every day that we live and breath is another chance to come to him. After death, there can be no remission of sins, no turning back, no hope and no chance for salvation. This is our chance. The materialism and the idols of this world will fade away. But the love and mercy of GOD last for all generations. It is an eternal love. He died that we might have lived without sin and fear. Though the world may be falling to pieces around us the Lord promises to show mercy to many of those that believe in him and that keep his commandments. “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.”(Psalm 103:17 ) If we do not respond to the mercy and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that GOD has given us GOD promises those who reject such great salvation has rejected him and how then can one be saved? “The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” (Numbers 14:18) There is no other way out of the fear and hopelessness we experience in this life. We cannot run to the superficial things of this life our jobs, money, clothes, relationships, music, food, sex. We cannot find fulfillment or joy in any of these things because they are all temporary. They last only for a while then we are back to feeling the same fear and emptiness.
This sense of emptiness that we feel is driven mainly by our consumer driven life, celebrity obsession, unsatisfying mindless employment, unloving family relationships and our need for purpose and fulfillment. “Feelings of emptiness are attributed by Psychologist Clive Hazell to abuse in relationships as well as dysfunctional family homes. Some people fighting this sense of emptiness often will fix the pains they suffered by becoming compulsive or obsessed in many kinds of activity such as sports, money, work or by taking part in ‘violence or frenzied action.'( Paul L. Adams, Ivan Fras, “Beginning Child Psychiatry” pg 208) Behavior such as this only leads to an endless destructive cycle filled with regret.
If we turn to GOD for help in our deepest despair and turn away from our sin he will hear us. He already knows our weakness. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ( Isaiah 41:10) Abraham J Twerski states in Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self Deception that people when feeling empty spiritually will resort to addictive behavior to fill this void within themselves. Spiritual emptiness is hard to decipher it fills us with sadness and unrest. It is much different to the feeling of thirst which is a very definitive feeling. There is something in our spiritual brokenness that we can’t quite put a finger on. We may try to fix this spiritual emptiness with having obsessive sex, drinking alcohol, taking drugs or overeating. Many times when a person gets over an addictive behavior and that emptiness is not filled, another addictive behavior such as shopping or gambling will take its place. (Page 113 and 114)Yet we only feel a temporary sense of relief than a sense of loss washes over us.
There is no assurance in living life superficially as if only looking into a mirror but never looking within. Some fear to look within themselves because they find all the old hurts and pains of their past. So it is easier to put on a facade and go about our lives never really experiencing true love or being able to give it. GOD wants to heal us from the inside out. We must confess our sins before GOD and he will heal us. ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) He wants to take away the sins of our past that cause us pain, he wants to heal us and fill us with his love so that we may truly live not self-centered addicted lives but wholesome pure lives. Lives of faith, love, and charity. Jesus says “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28 and 30) Tell Jesus about your addictions your worries and your fears “Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) It is time to seek the Lord for the sake of our children and ourselves. The future of a nation depends on it.