Why cant Christians learn to rest in the all sufficiency of Christ. Why cant Christians show Grace, Mercy, and Love to their lost and hurting friends? Why cant we demonstrate love to people that are engaged in sins different from our own?
Why? Because the Ground is uneven!!!!!!!
We tend to see ourselves, like the pharisees, as being on higher ground, a higher spiritual plane… or in a better place than other groups of people. When you do this its IMPOSSIBLE to show grace and mercy to someone else. ITS IMPOSSIBLE! We are delusional if we think we can just grow a little more humility but continue to see ourselves in a “higher place” and still show love, grace, and mercy to others in a meaningful, heartfelt way. We need to deal with the idolatry of our religious sin and the content of our hearts before we demonstrate lasting mercy and love to other sinners or people that are hurting and wandering due to their sin.
Scripture talks about the condition of man as if its COMPLETELY and TOTALLY depraved — complete depravity or complete sinfullness. Only in light of Gods Mercy and what Jesus did for us on the cross do we have any righteoussness; therefore, we CAN’t see ourselves as spiritually more mature than someone else. Its only because of what Jesus did for us that we can claim any sort of righteoussness. ALL righteoussness comes from Christ and by what He did for us on the cross! (Romans 1:16-17).
The ground is even. The playing field has been levelled by what Jesus did for us. Not by what I can do.
Thoughts? Am I rambling?