Love Buckets and Thimbles

When we deal with someone else’s sin and transgressions and poor reactions to the context that surrounds them, we often give out less grace than what we expect to be given to us when we act in the same manner.  We want love buckets, big and cleansing; yet we ourselves tend to give out thimbles.

Sometimes we even end up in a sin competition. Like inmates at a 4-H rally we gauge the depth of the darkness in their hearts and compare it to our own rooster and can be easily tempted to resent their strutting while ignoring our own planks and annoying patterns and claw marks. Everyone else’s coop is worse than our own. 

Whose life is pure? Whose heart is unaffected?  Sinning isn’t a horse race meant to be judged competitively where we can have less of a reaction to ourselves than we do to others when engaging them.  Mirrors are for examination. (James 1:23-24) 

We should take our Matthew 7 inspection brush and our Galatians 6 tweezers and comb our own conscience and behavior first and foremost and then see how many mercy pails we need.  How many re-dos are we willing to admit we need?  While we certainly do good works in Him (Ephesians 2:10), it is also true that all of our own righteous deeds are still coated in menstrual rags. (Isaiah 64:6) 

If this speaks to you then do something different.  Exercise your new heart and supernaturally love the next person who annoys you.  Drop the water gun and cover them with what covers a multitude of sins. 

…above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 

Paint your love with humility and rest in Him while reciting Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

His ways always exceed our own methods.


About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on June 30, 2006, in Doctrine/Theology, Experiential / Application. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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