Convict. Judge, Love.

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Billy Graham has been quoted as saying, "It's the Holy Spirit's job to convict, God's job to judge and my job to love." Truer words could not have been spoken. So often as believers we confuse our role. A good friend of mine says a lot that we, "wanna be holy ghost junior." 

When the Son of Man returns, I want him to find me being about the business of loving folks. I don't want to have wasted all of my time trying to do God or the Holy Spirit's job. I don't want to waste the brief moments of my fleeting life telling people how much God wants to punish them. It has been said that the Good News, isn't Good News unless we tell people the bad news (I am sure I have made that asinine statement). That is false on its face. The Good News never ceases to be Good News. The Good News: That Jesus came so that we will never have to be separated from God is true whether we clobber folks over the head with their sin or not. If we were to be honest, the reality is that, so often, we use this argument to justify our bigotry, callousness,  phobias or outright hatred. Folks, all too often, are acutely aware of how messed up they are. What I want to spend my breaths on is speaking love and living love.

The word love is mentioned approximately 180 times in the New Testament alone. We can't claim to believe in, and love Jesus--whom we have never seen--but harbor hate and malice in our hearts toward folks who we do see. No. Hatred, bigotry and fear have never been--and will never be--desirable, God traits. Hatred is from another source altogether.


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