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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A Bit More About Being Irritating!

Yesterday's post received this comment:
"Anyway, Jesus seemed to have the oppisite effect in that it was the religious types that had most difficulty with him not the so called "ungodly.""
So I thought I'd talk a little bit more about what I was talking about yesterday. This person makes a good point. Sinners did come to Jesus, BUT when sinners came to Jesus and stayed with Jesus, they weren't the same. They were changed.
For example Zaccheus didn't remain a lying, cheating thief. He did a one-eighty and completely changed his ways. He went from being greedy to being generous. Zaccheus saw his problem and trusted in Jesus to help him change it.
The problem was that the "religious types" in Jesus' day didn't want to admit they needed Jesus. They didn't want to admit they had a problem. Nicodemus came to Jesus by night. That shows me that the religious leaders had a pride problem. So they were just as "ungodly" as the sinners that came to Jesus. They just didn't want to admit it.
But what I meant yesterday when I said the "ungodly" was all those who are not truly Christians. Whether they sit on a church pew (the "religious" crowd) or whether they sit in a jail cell (like the so-called "sinners" of Jesus' day).
The point is that if the ungodly do not want to change their ungodly ways, they will not want to be around a true Christian for long. Because that Christian's testimony will be convicting to an ungodly person. The salt from a true Christian will rub in all the raw, decaying places of an ungodly life.
It's like I said yesterday. The salt of your life can either preserve someone by making them realize that they need a Savior, or it can irritate someone through their own rejection of the Savior.
We are to be like Jesus. We aren't to drive people away simply because they are sinners. We are to love them. But they will either stay with us and change their ways (like Nicodemus in John 3) or they will go away from us sad and wanting (like the rich young ruler in Matthew 19.)
Some people love their sin so much that they refuse the Savior. Those are the people who don't want to be around true Christians. They don't want to be around us because they don't want to be reminded of what they are missing.
Those are my thoughts anyway. What do you guys think?


At 11:00 AM, Blogger GiBee said...

Completely agree!! We are to be like Jesus ... in everything we do ... and you are right -- if the ungodly don't want to change their ways, then they will be off in a hurry. Guilt can also be a tremendous catalyst for keeping people running!

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I agree, too. And, when they go, it's a lonely trail.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Kate said...

I found your blog and enjoyed today's reading! I think of the verse: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2Co 5:17)

Once we have truly been born again, we do not stay the same.


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