Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Higher Common Ground
"There's a difference between excusing sin and forgiving sin. Excusing sin leaves us in bondage, where forgiving sin frees us." MBW
How often I will hear from fellow believers, "Well, we are all just sinners, brother, we are going to sin. Give 'em' a break."
This is excusing sin.
My first thought is that "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Were is the operative word.
We have been adopted and are not only sons and daughters but also saints, a royal priesthood.
We are no longer in Adam but in Christ.
All things are new, for the old is gone.
We have a new identity!
Our common ground is no longer sin but love.
"Brothers and sisters, even if a person is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual are to restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself so that you are not tempted as well." (Galatians 6:1)
May we see each other as our Father sees us and continue to walk in freedom together.
Are you excusing sin in your life that needs to be forgiven?
Are there relationships in your life that your common ground is something other than mercy and grace?
Lord, search me and know my heart; put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts; see if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. Amen