go after them

Posted: May 25th, 2010 | Filed under: God | Tags: | 9 Comments »

Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. –God, Isaiah 43:1

There are people who are dying inside because of the mistakes they’ve made. They know what they’ve done and when they can’t find a way to take back the pain they caused. They are being crushed by an onslaught of terror. The kind of terror that drowns out their eternal hope.

It’s our responsibility to remind them of grace. They’re forgetting. They’re losing it.

They’re hearing voices that tell them that they can’t come back from this. They’re being told that they are forever stained.

Find them. Search them out and ignore their dirt. Separate the person from the sin. Treat the person one way and treat the sin another.

The pit of hell is rising against them. The forever blackness and eternal nothing is closing in on them.

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. –Isaiah 43:2

The church, generally speaking, is terrible at grace. They kick their battle wounded out and they end up scattered in a spiritual desert. Homeless, hungry, thirsty and naked. People think they’re doing the right thing when they separate themselves from the sinner.

The one who failed doesn’t just disappear. Their heart is still beating. When you have nothing to do with the person who made a mistake, you’re doing it in the name of God. This sends them into isolation with demonic forces being the only thing interested in their spirit. Their spirit which is very much alive and can feel everything.

God says that He is with them. So, the question you must ask yourself is: Are you with God?

I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you. -God, Isaiah 43:4

God is busy with the ransoming and the rescuing. He’s already taken care of the punishment. He’s already done away with their sin. It’s His baby out there. His lamb got lost and He’ll sell off everything He owns to get them back. He’ll leave you behind to go after them. Where are you?

‘Send them back. Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places. I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child whom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each one.’God, Isaiah 43:6-7

This is your calling. This is your message. Grace. Mercy. Restoration. Go and get them. Give them a safe place to sleep. Feed them. Give them something to drink. Clothe them. Nurse them back to health.

But what about their sin? What about all the people who are pained just to be reminded of them?

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.” -God, Isaiah 43:18

In God, everything is brand new. Can you treat your old friend according to the new? I know it’s hard to forget the indecency and selfishness. You’re human. But can you see what you’re doing? You’re separating yourself from the very thing you’re trying to uphold. You’re counteracting God’s grace with God’s old law.

But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that’s what I do. I don’t keep a list of your sins. -God, Isaiah 43:25

When you base your actions, opinions and words on their sin, you’re not basing them on what Jesus accomplished. You’re letting sin tell you what to do. You’re justified by their sin.

‘I will remember their sin no more.-God, Jeremiah 31:34 ESV

Can you even call it justified when God has no idea what sin you’re talking about?

Instead of building a fortress from bricks of gracelessness and the mortar of self-preservation, designs that keep God out, here’s what you should do:

Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. -Jude 1:22

gat


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9 Comments on “go after them”

  1. 1 Tracey said at 7:29 am on May 25th, 2010:

    Amen, Amen! This is my heart's cry! We are called to the "ministry of reconciliation", but all to often we fail at this! There are so many people silently suffering, and I recognize it because I was one of them. I still battle…but God always wins! He causes us to triumph! Thank you for this post. This confirms to me the importance of GRACE– we had to first GET IT (to understand it) to GIVE IT (to those that are hurting). Thank God for grace!

  2. 2 Mela Kamin said at 8:05 am on May 25th, 2010:

    Isaiah 43:1 is my fave verse. WOW – this is amazing GRACE and so well said … Amen, Sister! I was just talking to friends about this … we all have dirt – it's different dirt, but it's still dirt. Share God's grace – SO important.

    "You're letting sin tell you what to do." – WOW!

  3. 3 Serena Woods said at 9:32 am on May 25th, 2010:

    Tracey: It definitely takes one to know one. 🙂

    Mela Kamin: I love that verse, too. 'I've called you by name. You're mine.' 🙂

    and…

    … who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? R8:31

  4. 4 m* said at 10:43 am on May 25th, 2010:

    "Can you even call it justified when God has no idea what sin you’re talking about?"

    WOW!!!

  5. 5 Julie R. said at 2:09 am on May 26th, 2010:

    Awesome post… I think its important to remember that we also not fall into the trap that says 'because I can see the grace that the fallen need, then I am better than those who cannot or do not'. If we begin to feel that way then we have become prideful, and hypocritical. You must walk and talk grace not only for those who need it, but also for those who think they don't…

  6. 6 Serena Woods said at 3:35 am on May 26th, 2010:

    M*: I know! 🙂

    Julie R.: Thanks. 🙂 You're right, pride and grace can't co-exist.

  7. 7 Susan said at 11:59 am on May 28th, 2010:

    I've been so out of touch with you and your blogs. This was like a fresh pitcher of living water. Jesus did leave the 99 to come after me and that's how I learned about grace. Thank you for this gentle reminder that he'd do it all over again.

  8. 8 Cleopatra said at 12:38 pm on June 2nd, 2010:

    Again, I'm so amazed how God has given you another Word for me!

    Last night at Bible Study, Bishop was talking about the types of seeds we're sowing & the one I'm sowing is reconciliation.

    The biggest portion of that seed is reconciling with someone who has hurt me deeply & sometimes I get frustrated with the progress & the process…but God.

    Here He has reminded me of the call He has placed on my life, especially regarding reconciliation. He paid such a price to reconcile me back to Him. Can I not pay the price to reconcile with one of His own?

  9. 9 Nora said at 2:28 pm on June 3rd, 2010:

    What an amazing post. I've been reading your website for about a year now. It has brought so much hope to me in such a dark time in my life. I wish more people thought like you. I unfortunately used to be one of those people that would let the sinners rot away. I'm now on the other side and see the negative effects that has on someone's life. The sick are the ones who need the Dr. What a good but hard lesson to learn. Thank you for your words.


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