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The, “I wish I were mo’ better” blues. (p4)

There is a "tragicomedy" in repentance, as well.  The ancient writer, "Fenelon, says that we need to make sure that our sin leads us to repentance, which will lead us into the Father’s loving care.  When people struggle with persistent sin, I’ve found that the deceiver tricks them by being soft on the consequence of their sin before they commit it ("you can always be forgiven") but harsh and unyielding once the deed is done ("now you’re really going to get it!")"  writes Gary Thomas.

He continues, "This is a ruse to pull us away from our heart’s desire.  When you sin, accept the lesson in humility and go to God in weakness.  I’ve found I am rarely ‘stronger’ than when I am newly repentant and receiving God’s consoling forgiveness."


How many of us could add testimony to that last sentence.  When we are considering sin, we are also isolating ourselves from the creator of our soul.  We are tuning him out, but once sin has past, God remains with all of his grace and mercy and for the "broken and contrite heart" he embraces and provides all that we were looking for.  And we wonder why we ever thought otherwise.

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posted July 8, 2007 at 8:07 am

what gary thomas book are you quoting from?

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Ted Gossard

posted July 8, 2007 at 11:40 am

Good thoughts. And I like Gary Thomas’s writings, from what I’ve read.

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posted July 8, 2007 at 4:57 pm

The quote comes “Seeking the Face of God: The Path to a More Intimate Relationship.”

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Nicole Walters

posted July 10, 2007 at 11:53 am

Add testimony . . . that’s my constant struggle; I have the occasion testify way too often in my estimation. It’s the whole should grace have to abound kinda thing. Sin, repentance, grace, forgiveness . . . the unfortunate/fortunate cycle is so counter-intuitive and is one within which I rarely find any real rest. I’m so “performance” in my intimacy with God sometimes. If I’ve been “good” then I think we’re tight, but if I haven’t, the self-flagellation can be brutal.
Um . . . was I supposed to be this honest?
Forever wearing it on my sleeve,

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posted July 11, 2007 at 9:35 pm

I’m with you so much on the “if I’m good then I’m closer” thing. I’m so me-centered instead of allowing room for God to sustain me with his grace.

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posted July 17, 2007 at 9:36 am

This is the cheap vs. costly grace of Bonhoeffer and the heart of Barth’s theology of transitioning to the freedom of grace from the yoke of the Law. It doesn’t mean the Law is not operative. It simply means the dynamic of fear is replaced by the dynamic of joy for what is ours in Christ. What was once obedience is now faith. What was once binary is now complex. What was once a beat is now jazz!

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