I believe that we all struggle with some sin or the other. We may not know it’s sin, but we struggle nonetheless. A person with a loose tongue is just as sinful as a person who steals. In the eyes of The Lord, all sin is sin and it hurts His heart.
Some sins, however, are not just hurtful to The Lord’s heart, but to His temple which is our physical body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20. They are no more sin than others and only by grace are we truly saved from them. But first, we need to recognize our sin.
The other day, I had a patient with Bell’s Palsy. She didn’t understand what was going on in her body and was scared beyond reason. Her equally clueless family and friends had called with “visions” attributing her symptoms to demonic attacks. One family member said that her symptoms were warning signs of an impending stroke. ‘Scared’ doesn’t do justice to the way she was feeling.
Not until I explained to her the nature of the condition, cause, and effect was she able to relax and accept the role she’d have to play and the role of physiotherapy in her healing process.
Until we call something what it is, we can’t take care of it.
Sadly, we’re quicker to see the sin in others than in ourselves. Like my patient’s family and friends, we’re more likely to exaggerate a person’s sin when we’re looking at them as outsiders. The good Lord didn’t say to first remove the log in your eye for parable sake. He understood.
When we really look at our sin and call it what it is, we’re able to look at others through lens of our own unworthiness and see them as people with specks in their eye. They’re become people just like us instead of sin personified.
I’ve been on a journey lately of coming to love people like God loves them. I could never love that much, I know, but I can see them how He does. I realize that I’m a little more merciful toward even difficult people because they’re just like me- struggling with something.
I recognize my own struggle with the sin of people-pleasing. I often consider how people feel about me or my actions, and overlook what The Lord has said concerning the situation. It’s ultimately selfish and it takes advantage of God’s merciful nature. Worse still, I know that if I love Him as much as I think I do, I’d be hurt by whatever hurts Him. There’s a fault.
Because I’m aware of the log in my eye, I’m able to see people in their sin as more than just sin and it is life-affirming. All sin is sin, people, and as saved as we are, we must stay vigilant to make sure sin doesn’t control us.
The Lord sees us in love. We’ve gotta strive to be like Him.