Who Do WE Think WE Are?
Before we were saved through Jesus, we were sinners of the world, and we still tend to act like sinners of the world. Oh, we can be very nice, but only when things are going well for us. As soon as something, or somebody, creates conflict with what we want, we stop being so nice.
When we get angry with somebody, or say something negative about somebody, we are being ungodly and we actually choose to sin. As much as we try not to, we all do this from time to time. To show the seriousness of these actions, let’s look at this from another angle.
Let’s say I do something you really don’t like. You get upset and later on, you talk to somebody else in the church and you tell them what I did and how much you didn’t like it, only when you tell them, you use sharp criticisms or bad negatives about me.
Do you know why we do that: Because, in this case, you are angry and you are trying to convince somebody else to be mad at me too, like that is going to make you feel right or make the situation better.
Now, I am using me as an example, but we have all done that in our lives to someone else. The problem is that each time we repeat something, we tell it a bit differently. And if you hear something and then pass it on, you will pass it on just a bit differently, too.
So, in this case, by the time four or five people have been given negative information about me, I am going to look like a monster! And again, we all have a natural tendency to do this.
We need to avoid actions and behaviors that have no place within the family of God. We need to help each other avoid doing this, and the only way we can do this is to love each other in Jesus. We are all sinful by nature, but sins power over us has been broken by Jesus death and resurrection.
Who are we? We are children of the living God, we are redeemed, we are sanctified, we are justified, and we are saved. If we know who we are, we also need to know what we look like to others.
That’s tomorrow’s topic.