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January 16, 2008

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RLF

Acts 3:19
Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
Once someone has experienced God's presence as an outgrowth of repentance (a"clean slate" as it were), no other pursuit or outcome is as satisfying or fulfilling. Worldlings are stuck in a vortex that sucks the life out of them, and they don't even know it. It's pitiful,really, and despite the opposition I might face from the world in doing and advocating things that please and matter to God, I keep pursuing drowning wordlings. I'm living for eternity, not the now. Someday, someone will thank me for loving them enough to get past the "vomit" and cut to the heart.

Jeff

Got a question...
I absolutely understand what you've said the last two days. When you give the summary, you're talking about how we're given the gift to be repulsed by sin...what if you feel like your called into the midst of sin, not to be attracted to it but to lead people to Jesus so that they can see just how disgusting it is?

Jim Fleming

Jeff,
Yes, repulsion is a gift. Now your second comment gets at something profound. Our pride can easily lead us to view sinners with distaste while being intrigued by sin. But Jesus LOVES sinners and HATES sin. How did He maintain this seemingly impossible balance of reaching out to sinners while despising sin? I do not know, but I am filled with awe that He did for you and for me! May we go and go likewise!

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