Monday, June 25, 2007
I think one of the keys to doing what we do out here is wisdom Making wise informed choices. "If anyone lacks wisdom he should ask for it" says James.
I pray for that a lot. I also think that for each situation there could be a different answer, we can be far to prescriptive and inflexible.
Over the years one of the most challenging pieces of scripture that I have ever read is "Mercy triumphs over judgement" I have been challenged by these words when I have sat with a paedophile, or a man who has committed adultery and won't come home to his family, when I have visited guys in prison, or even whilst talking with people who have rejected the Christian faith. Mercy triumphs over judgement can I really be like that, I feel a lot of time that judgement triumphs over mercy! Triumphs is not a good word, judgement undermines mercy would be better.
I have heard this used by various preachers over the years but I particularly remember Paul Reid using it.
For years the church has said "Believe, Behave, Belong" when really we need to be saying, and modeling, "Belong, believe, Behave" so often we want to make people behave before they can belong, when the reality is that people want to belong to something, hang out be part of it, then they can believe and eventually on that journey of belief they start to behave!
We had a lady who wasn't a christian at the previous church I led, she played a musical instrument very well, we let her play in our worship band before she was a christian, she belonged! eventually she believed and became a christian. Mercy triumphed over judgement.
God help me to be merciful.......
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