by Joe Carlone
When God’s law is broken we usually look for rationalization out of it, even Christians do this and we don’t like to be reminded of it from others. We rationalize adultery because we haven’t been getting along with our spouse. We steal something because we can’t obtain something by honest methods….etc. The excuses can go on.
Any mention from anyone about what we are doing is usually met with “who are you to judge” but God’s law already judges the violation, you are just being informed of it like the Sheriff who pulls you over for speeding is informing you that you violated a state law.
Even Christians are going to break God’s law (sin) from time to time. We should welcome the correction (or informing) of fellow Christians when we sin openly. The correction should be in a loving and encouraging way to help one another to overcome.
The apostle Paul, the greatest of all the apostles, called himself the chief of all sinners.
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief “(1 Timothy 1:15 ).
He struggled with sin as he states in Romans 7 14-24~
"14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death."
In verse 22 Paul says he delights in the law of God…..and sees another law warring against his mind. How we all can identify with this struggle against the law (sin). But like Paul we should delight in the law of God and not find a loophole around it and rationalize our sin and welcome loving correction whether its from the Holy Spirit or others. I wonder though, if Paul were alive during our time would he be able to drive 55?!