Fellow blogger David Ettinger mentioned in a post last week that many Christian bloggers focus on the love, grace, and mercy of God – all wonderful, all true, all deserving of attention, and yet far from everything that there is to our God.
While we should adore him as our Heavenly Father, we should hold also an attitude of reverence and respect for him. When we enter into his throne room during times of prayer, we should never forget whom we are petitioning.
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. –Isaiah 6:5
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. – Revelation 19:1-13
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. – Isaiah 6:3b
That last verse reminds me that I should also focus emulating the character of God in every way.
It’s easy to focus on loving and serving others, while forgetting that I should strive for personal holiness – not perfection, but an ever-growing spiritual maturity. To get to that point, I must see my sin for what it really is, and I must hate it as much as God does.
I must hate sin, because it was sin that put Jesus on the cross.
I must hate sin, because it is the opposite of everything God is.
I must take sin seriously. I must never brush it off. I must never stop asking God to find it in me, to forgive me for it, and to help me turn from it.
Sound extreme? Maybe. But I’m in good company.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. – Psalm 51:2-4
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23, 24
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. – Isaiah 59:2
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. – Romans 12:9
Do you ever consider the more fearsome aspects of God? What are your thoughts about sin’s effects upon Christians today? I welcome your insights.