Often there are things that happen that i sit back and scratch my head wondering, what did i just actually witness?! Baffling at times are the behaviors, choices, made by people in day to day living. All of which make me question humanity. To often the Churches response is one of two extremes, total grace or total damnation.
As i type this i am inspired by the lyrics in a Crowder song, “Here’s My Heart”. The line that i am on is, “Here’s my heart Lord….speak what is true” My mind and heart has been preparing for the shift, from our year long journey through Acts, to our next stop, Colossians. Paul, speaking truth about the simplicity of Jesus. It’s the same truth that Jesus spoke often to those He came in contact with, (paraphrasing) “I love you now, go and sin no more”.
The grace and freedom that Jesus taught, Paul speaks of, a heart marked by a transformed life…In Chapter 3:5-8 we read;
“So put to death the parts of your life that belong to the earth, such as sexual immorality, moral corruption, lust, evil, desire, and greed (which is idolatry). The wrath of God is coming upon disobedient people because of these things. You used to live this way, when you were alive to these things But now….”
There is a mark of grace we receive, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified self with its passions and its desires. If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25
Here’s my heart Lord, speak what is true….
You are loved,