How do you respond when somebody fails? When the life they thought was secret gets exposed for all to see? Do you assume a posture of arrogance and self-righteousness? Publicly declaring how outraged and disgusted you are, and privately that it could never happen to you? Does your posture stiffen from arrogance to justice demanding they get what they deserve?
Today in the Our Redeemer Bible Reading Plan we look at 1 Corinthians 5. Paul is confronting the church on how they responded to the sexual sin of one of the members of their church family. They were actually dismissive of the sin that even those outside the church were offended by. Paul said their response was arrogance when they should have been brokenhearted- “filled with grief.”
We are confronted daily with the sin and brokenness of a world that lives in rebellion to God. I know- I have a television and a mirror. We are all in desperate daily need of God’s grace and forgiveness. And because of this truth my posture should always be one of broken humility. When confronted by the reality of broken people living in a broken world I should be filled with sadness not arrogance. This sadness should drive me to my knees begging God to forgive, heal, and restore the brokenness through the gift of His grace that comes through the person and work of Jesus Christ alone.
What’s your posture? Have you assumed the position of arrogance-or the position of mutual brokenness? It is only in our brokenness that we can be restored.
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 (CSB)