Irresistible grace 3

The temptation to judge the world righteously if a tad harshly is perhaps greater after one has experienced true conversion.  In part this is to do with the way in which we now see the world, ie. as hostile, enemy territory, a place in which Satan is waging an unholy war against human souls, a place which exists in a ‘fallen’ condition, not as God originally created it in six days, blessing it on the seventh.

The word of God, though, utterly eviscerates any inclination to judgementalism and/or self-rightousness. The Holy Spirit reveals in horrible but honest detail seven of the deadly sins in which we once lived and breathed in relative comfort: foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another (Titus 3:3). He then reminds us that the only cure for our terminal condition of sin-slavery lay entirely outside of us, in the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man (v. 4), causing us to be justified by his grace (v. 7).

When we 21st century religious folk feel that devilish plough furrowing our brows over the sins of others, our hearts unwrung over the rising damp of our own sins, our lives heading in a u-turn from the evangelistic will of God, withholding Gospel blessings from sinners in our midst, may we echo Jonah from the depths: But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD (Jo 2:9).

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Taken

Your soul was taken with the world

in spirit you the Bible hurled,

until God’s Spirit breathed through you

remorse, repentance, holy dew.

 

Your mind was set on worldly things

you saw in Satan’s light which sings,

until God said in you ‘Enough’

your tender world now tasted tough.

 

Your heart pursued worldly delights

its darkness dreamed of cordless kites,

until God re-connected you

by Christ, as God as man, like you.

 

Your body barged through pleasure’s door

a steaming, raging, restless boar,

until God turned you by His power

your sin so sweet, now bitter, sour.