2021_01_19 Insight Post- Jim Morgans
This week's reading- Matthew 4 & 5
In our reading this week Jesus shines light into areas of our lives that we truly try to avoid because we don’t like hearing the truth. Truth challenges our misconceptions, our old nature, our weaknesses, and our inability to follow Jesus. We can all agree that truth hurts when it hits home. But Jesus reminds us in John 8:32, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” To be set free from being slaves to sin and all of its tangled tentacles that steer us away from God.
The Sermon on the Mount attacks the very nature of our heart, the place where our ideals, choices and actions are manifested from. Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” So, our challenge this week is to move away from the logic that’s in our mind, (our worldly perception) and to move towards allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal to us what is deeply rooted in our hearts. And yes, this will hurt, but remember we will be allowing truth to set us free.
This process is similar to when, as a child, we may have faced the repercussions of poor choices, possibly willful disobedience. When we choose to disobey our mother or father we choose to step away from their good teaching, love and care. What followed was feelings of guilt or the fear of getting caught, so instinctively we separated or basically hid from them. So what was the result of our disobedience and guilt? Surely a damaged relationship between us and them. This is too often where we choose to live when we harbor sin in our hearts.
But when we confront our sins, (look deep into our hearts) confess our sins, receive forgiveness for our sins, and accept the natural consequences for our sins, we are set free. Guilt disappears, relationships get restored, and by God’s grace we develop the traits brought to our attention in the beatitudes. Ultimately our goal is to become like Jesus, to acquire the traits that are best found in Him. I pray today for strength to allow the beatitudes to challenge the way we live each and every day.
"Christ is never sweet - until sin is felt to be bitter." Thomas Watson
May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you, be gracious unto you and grant you His peace.
Director of Pastoral Care