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[COMMENT: How would you like to get this message from
your mother? We should all have such mothers and
fathers!!! And BE such mothers and fathers....!!!
"It's easy to
latch onto a rating system or some set of rules that will make it clear what we
will and won't do as a Christian. But no rating system can replace a heart that
wants to please God. If we're to honor God with our choices, we must be willing
to carefully scrutinize and evaluate how what we do attests to our love for and
obedience to God. We must be willing to wrestle with our standards and often
refuse to engage in behaviors that others think is permissible, if not God's
When he was in college, the famous evangelist John Wesley wrote a letter to his mother asking her to give him a clear description of sin. Sounds like he wanted a list of do's and don'ts. But Mrs. Wesley didn't give John what he wanted. She gave him something much better. In response, she wrote:
rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience,
obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in
short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your
mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may seem to be in itself. It
doesn't matter how others feel about it; or how popular it is, or how seemingly
innocent it appears. If it hardens your heart toward God, if it obscures your
awareness of the ugliness of sin and the holiness of God, if it takes the edge
off your spiritual hunger, then it's sin."
(Taken from "Not Even a Hint: Guarding your heart against lust," by Joshua Harris, Multnomah, 2003).
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