The Weekend Word
“A principle I got from Jesus: Live your life with such freedom that uptight Christians—Pharisees—will doubt your salvation. And put brothers and sisters around you who will hold you accountable-not to be wonderful, pure and nice—but to not shilly—shally, to be free, and to bask in your freedom to the glory of God.
Matthew 12 shows us the people who don’t like us…
THEY LOOKED FOR SIN
The Pharisees looked for sin…and they still do. “‘Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath'” (Matthew 12:2).
We don’t discipline for sin in the church. We discipline for a lack of repentance, the lack of a broken heart. If you start looking for sin, that’s all you’re going to find. It’s everywhere.
There is a game in the church played by Pharisees: “But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him” (Matthew 12:14). The game is “gotcha” and it’s a game free Christians don’t play. When you’re free, you assume sin is there. You hold your brothers and sisters, and let them cry. You identify with the hurt, struggle, failure and shame…because we have nobody but us to do that. The world is bad and it’s hard. We’re not Home yet.
Sin is everywhere. “It’s me, O Lord, not my brother or my sister, standing in the need of prayer.” The Pharisees are looking for sin and they’ll point it out in you. Don’t let them. That’s what it means to live in the freedom of grace.”