Thought For The Day 06/20/13

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The Cure For “Sin”Burn? 

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sin-burn

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“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

 Oscar Wilde

“The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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There is a saying by Mahatma Gandhi that teaches us to “Hate the sin, love the sinner.” And I know that this is a sentiment that is echoed again and again throughout the Bible. After all, we all wear our sins about us constantly. Whether they adorn us like a crown, in plain view for all to see or they remain locked away in the deepest recesses of our hearts, and where they are known to only two, ourselves and God, that they exist is both absolute and undeniable. None of us, not even one as good and holy as the Pope is presumed to be, is exempt. It became our birthright the moment we drew air into tiny lungs! And yet what do we do about them? Simply wipe our feet and hope they don’t muddy the places where we walk too badly? Do we fall on our own personal “Sword of Damocles”? After all, doesn’t Dionysius make it clear that there is no happiness for the person who continues to hover in the corner of fear where his sins seem to drive him? Or do we fall on the graces that the surety of faith in the Son gives to us? Well, while I do not have all the answers, I do know one thing with absolute certainty. The cure for “sin”burn is the Son!

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 Yes, Jesus talks about not judging others, but the context is one in which He ultimately encourages a righteous standard of judgment. He doesn’t do away with standards altogether. John 7:24 NIV reminds us that, in reality, there is a time for the judgement of man to reign. 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” In other words, judging should not be done by how things seem to be, but by what we have already been given as God’s law for right and wrong. We referred to the Ten Commandments yesterday. God’s laws pretty much set the standard by which Christ saw men and acted toward them. And while his discernment was keen, that judgement by man exists at all goes against things I have said here before, and therein lies so much confusion for you and me.

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Parents throughout the ages have been fond of preaching to children that they should “do as I say and not as I do”, and this, to my mind, is fundamentally wrong! This is not a philosophy that either the Father or the Son held as being desirable by man. Rather, we must strive to do all we can to live by the same code of behaviors that we choose to hold others to! We must strive to live and behave as the Son did. And if we do, while we may occasionally singe ourselves (there’s that human component again), we can be fairly certain that we will be spared a visit to the “burn center” for all of eternity!

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So, how, exactly, do we cure our “sin”burn using the Son? Well, at the start, we must remind ourselves that we are all sinners and then, when we are tempted toward actions which do not align with what He hopes, allow those actions to be tempered by humility! Then if we choose to act, do so with only love and the hope that what we ask is sharing a fundamental of faith that we feel sure of! When we seek to share and teach rather than correct, the pill is a far easier and less bitter one for others, and even ourselves, come to think of it, to swallow!

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11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 4:11-16, NIV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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