SIN SAYS “YES” & GOD SAYS “NO!”

I wish to say something about God’s “no” to Sin as He expresses it in the Church.

“For He made Him He who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
In the truth we have embraced, in our trusting God while we share the loss, hurt and anguish of the world—in these and more we reflect our Lord Jesus’ own trust in His Holy Father. From the cross on Golgotha as Luke tells us His last words were “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (As I write this—this very moment—one of our own (Alan Comer) is dying of cancer, enduring an agonizing exit, who has uttered and is uttering words just like that. “Father, into your hands I commit my very self!”)
Our very existence as the Body of the Living Jesus Christ, is a focused expression of God’s faithfulness to His commitment to the human family; not only to the Church but, through the Church and other of His gifts, to the world.  His goodness to us as sinners makes it clear that He will not allow Sin to have the last word and determine the destiny of humans. To those that Sin would strangle and suffocate and fill with despair the Church as a forgiven People, the Church as a reconciled People has been entrusted with a ministry of reconciliation.
The Church embodies and carries a message of inexpressibly good news and it’s this: “God knows about Sin but He refuses to let it have the last word because He is GOD and not a man (Hosea 11:9).” Even God cannot force a friendship upon people but He insists: “Whatever you want; My heart wants friendship. If you don’t want Me then we can’t be friends but the reason we’re not friends if we aren’t friends is not in Me! Where sin increases so does My grace. There is nothing in Me that keeps us apart. I am the sinned against and I say I am Sin’s enemy and I cancel its alienating power by My love of you.”
(Holy One, help us indeed to embody this truth about you. help those who teach us to teach us about this truth. Open their eyes to it and thrill them with it that they may come to us at times wide-eyed and astonished at you and the truth about you with messages that are worthy of you. Come to the Church’s aid in this that we might be thankful and happy servants of yours to our families and neighbors and to the world. This prayer in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.)

 

3 thoughts on “SIN SAYS “YES” & GOD SAYS “NO!”

  1. Imogene McAnulty

    I like the lesson on and about myself by sinning I do not wish to sin and pray for forgiveness a daily prayer. Not out of fear but love and respect for God;”s Son and His sacrifice. Since I do not wish to alienate myself with sin I must make a daily effort to resist and beoin contact with My Lord!

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  2. Jim McGuiggan Post author

    Knowing you I KNOW you have no wish to sadden God by sinning. Nor does it surprise me that you express your sorrow for sins committed and I certainly know that you have no wish to alienate yourself from Him. And since you have no intention of forsaking Him and you never did all your life, it would be sad to think hat God would ever forsake someone He has said He wouldn’t forsake. Hebrews 13:5. I know I’ve heard Jesus say anyone who comes to Him He would never cast out. Romans 4:7-8 & 8:1

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    1. Imogene McAnulty

      Thanks for this note that I just now found. I appreciate every time you send a note or letter. Hope you are well and safe! Imo

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