In our LIFE Group on Monday nights, we’ve been talking about what it means to be sanctified, what it means to be holy, to be like Christ. Essentially, it’s about what it means to be new. Last night, we spent our time talking about repentance, real repentance. An aspect that we honed in on was that with true repentance, we find an acceptance of consequence. Read that again, when we truly repent, we are to accept, if not embrace the consequence that comes with our sin. There is also another side:
How are we, as new creatures in Christ, to respond when someone comes to us, and is legitimately repentant? What is our role as both recipients of grace, and givers of grace in that situation? Should we minimize consequence as believers?
I’m blown away by this story. The move of the mother to forgive and eliminate the consequence of the killing is astounding to me. I have no idea whether or not the woman is a follower of Christ. But, an example has been set for us. Here is how Paul describes this new life in his letter to the Colossian church:
“Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life–even though invisible to spectators–is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up too–the real you, the glorious you.
Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
And that means of killing off everything connects with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like, whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God…
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.
Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.
Forgive as quickly as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.
Never be without it.”
This is the New Life. This is what it means to be like Jesus.
God…break me of my sin. Help me to be content with my obscurity. Grant me new life.