— Unka Glen (unkaglen.tumblr.com)
Engaging in premarital sex, getting drunk, doing drugs, lying, adultery, coveting, disobeying. The list goes on. These are the things we have pegged as sin.
I’m going to back us up for a moment though and challenge you with a thought. Could it be that these things are not sin itself?
No, I’m not saying that these things do not break the heart of God. I’m not saying that these things are not sinful and wrong. But what if we didn’t look at our actions as THE sin?
Jesus tells us that it is what is inside a man that defiles him.
“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”
Here is what I’m proposing: that we change our perspective, change our battle tactics against sin by understanding what sin is. Our actions are merely an overflow from what is in our hearts. If our actions are sinful, our hearts are still giving way to sin.
This means Christians cannot judge the actions of a man not saved by the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ, for his sinful actions are only an overflow of the state of his heart.
Legalism is a term that is thrown around a lot. Essentially, legalism is changing action without changing the heart. If Christians seek to change the actions of the lost before seeking to change hearts through Love, we do not seek salvation for them; we seek behavioral management, legalism.
The thing that should break our hearts is knowing that the lost do not know and understand, have not experienced, the transforming love of Christ. Because when Jesus gets hold of a heart and begins transformation, righteous actions will be the overflow of the heart.
Actions are a mere window into the heart of a person. Do not mistake our actions for what breaks the heart of God ultimately—for it is the broken state of our hearts from which action stems. God is in the business of redeeming, transforming, and healing; He is not in the business of hiding brokenness.
Let us get on board with His business, not our own.
It would appear that coffee has a detrimental effect on my sleeping patterns ><
I may take a tumblr hiatus as I detox.