Addiction to drugs or alcohol are not the only addictions to sin that steal, kill and destroy aspects of our lives.
How often have brothers and sisters indulged in the wine of self-righteousness and said things that hurt or destroy others? How often have we been so critical and judgmental/condemning, that we have assassinated another brother or sister’s character or reputation? How often have we said that we would never do this or that without one bit of compassion or understanding of what another brother or sister is going through or has been through in their life?
How often have we partaken of the tasty morsels of gossip, sopped them up in the gravy of embellishments with our own uninformed opinions being added to the details and then shared them with others – all to the detriment of our fellow man? How often have we been consumed with hurt and allowed bitterness to harden our hearts and remain unforgiving of others? How many times have we chosen to remain angry and all in the name of protecting ourselves from future harm?
How many times have we hoarded up wealth for ourselves just in case we may need it one day to be able to indulge in that bucket list desire that we have? Or how many treasures have we laid up for ourselves here so that we can enjoy life to what we think is the fullest while we see others going without food, shelter, and safety? How often do we praise our own children and walk in pride of what they can do while we see other children living in poverty or neighborhoods filled with violence? How often do we turn a blind eye and a stone-cold heart to those who are different from us and who seem to be failing at life?
How many of us wallow in self-pity and complain about how badly we have it when there are so many others with much worse circumstances? How many of us refuse to throw off our pasts and look to the future with the hope that the gospel gives to us? How many of us bury our gifts and talents because we don’t want to fail or appear stupid and so we just keep them hidden?
There are enough ways to fall short. We all fall short every single day in one way or another. The question really is whether or not any of us is dumb enough to believe the lie that we are better than any other person – and if we are, then we need our own wake up call.
If we can agree that we all need a Savior, then let’s stop playing the blame game and the comparison game and get our eyes on our Savior, Jesus. Let’s love and forgive and encourage and exhort one another. Let’s join together as one in a body of believers that knows our need of a Savior and gratefully praises Him every single day for another chance to know Him and to serve Him in love.
Let’s love one another as He first loved us and let’s lay our lives down for one another. Let’s let go of the past – all of our pasts – and let’s run to the future that He has for us. Let’s build this kingdom together – a kingdom of God where we know who He is and who we are in Him. Let’s start finding out more about that today than what our brothers and sisters are doing wrong.
Let’s start devouring His Word instead of the latest gossip or what the news has to say. Let’s start overcoming evil with good instead of wallowing in self-pity or self-righteousness. Let’s start giving to one another instead of looking down on one another. Let’s start building each other up instead of tearing one another down. The truth sets us free, it doesn’t subject us to ruling over one another.
Let’s walk in love that sees the best and hopes for the best and does the best for one another. Let’s live as Christ, filled with His Spirit, instead of fear. Let’s let go of trying to control or manipulate our own lives, our own blessings, or the lives of others. There is nothing to fear. He is with us and with God, these things are not impossible.