A Proper Response
Read Lamentations Chapter 1
La 1:18 “The LORD is righteous, yet I rebelled against His command. Listen, all you peoples; look upon my suffering. My young men and maidens have gone into exile.
La 1:20 “See, O LORD, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.
Over the past several weeks, I have been dealing with a young man who is hooked on same-sex pornography. In my attempts to encourage him to refrain from searching for and viewing porn, I have constantly reminded him that he must discontinue that activity and that our Lord is saddened by his actions. In addition, I have forwarded to him some helpful articles about porn that have been shared on FB by some of my FB friends. My attempts to help him have not been received in the way they were intended. He is not receptive at this time to any encouragement which includes helpful hints
In the passage for today, we are looking at the proper response to sin in our lives. If we truly want to be done with our disobedience, we will have the attitude and heart of the writer of Lamentation. When we are aware of our misdeeds, and especially when we share them with a trusted friend, our demeanor will be guided by a contrite and humble heart. We will not become angry at those who are attempting to give us aid. The writer of Lamentations gives us an example of such.
“The Lord is righteous.” This is our first clue. Our Father declares same-sex lusts and actions to be sinful. His righteousness will not allow Him to give His approval to those actions. We must, with no “ifs, ands, and buts” accept the fact that God is righteous and that His word is the final word on homosexuality.
“I rebelled against His command.” There are no excuses given by the writer, no attempts to justify his actions. We must admit without any stipulations that we willingly chose to disregard His wisdom and commands. Much too often, we attempt to find legitimate excuses for our actions.
“I have been most rebellious.” This attitude is similar if not the same as the one in the previous paragraph. But we will include it anyway. The writer felt compelled to restate his humility in different words; obviously it is a good thing for us to twice consider the thoughts of a contrite and humble heart. Each time we have sinned, we have been in total rebellion against God.
We will have little chance of gaining victory over same-sex sins if we respond with pride, anger, and indignation when others attempt to help us. We will not be angry at those who remind us of our responsibility to be done with our sinful thoughts, speech, and actions.
Pr 27:6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted….
Ps 141:5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.
King David also displayed the proper response to confrontation, after he had been rebuked by Nathan.
2Sa 12:13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”
Prayer: Father, there have been times when I did not want to hear that my actions were sinful and against Your will. Forgive me. Help me and all SSA men and women to have correct attitudes when confronted with our sins. Give all of us the heart-felt attitude of King David and the writer of Lamentations.