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February 1st, 2013

Can A Man Really Hurt God?

Sin: We need to talk about it

By Sivakumar Rajagopalan, Regional Minister for London Baptist Association

In The Inward Journey Gene Edwards makes the point that transformation occurs in ways and at times that God determines. This short pamphlet arises out of God challenging my attitudes and behaviour towards someone who had sinned against me, and taking me on a journey that I neither asked nor looked for. Yet as He has graciously but at times robustly led and taught me I have begun to see glimpses of His perspective on the issue of sin.

Having written the pamphlet I have reread it and reflected on the extent to which I am actually living by what I wrote. Sadly I have to admit that I am not living by it on a consistent basis. In order to help me obey what He has taught me, the Lord is helping me to discover an unhealthy disconnection in how I think sin affects God and me. When another sins against me or I sin against another there are numerous emotional responses such as anger, sadness, betrayal, frustration, and other expressions of hurt. Often I express these emotions to those who have sinned against me and the one I’ve sinned against expresses them to me. However, because I do not visibly encounter God’s emotional response to my sins, I either wrongly assume that He feels no emotions or downplay what He feels because He is God.

The Lord God who made us in His image made us with emotions, and He experiences emotions in response to how we behave. In Genesis 6: 5-6 we read, “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” In the post crucifixion and resurrection era the Lord continues to feel pain for our sins. As Saul nearsDamascusthe Lord asks him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9: 4) And the apostle Paul, instructing the Ephesian Christians how to live godly lives wrote, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4: 30). In reality our holy, perfect and righteous God experiences deeper pain and grief over my sin than what I ever can or will experience when others sin against me.

However whilst this lesson is very important, God has taught me that my behaviour is not to be determined by how I avoid hurting Him but by how I live to please Him. Out of love for God the Father, the Lord Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience that brought honour, glory and pleasure to God the Father. The Father declared, “This is my Son, whom I love, with Him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). As I am “conformed to the likeness of His Son”, I too will live a life of love that pleases Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Romans 8: 29). The more I do to please Him, the less I’ll do to displease Him and that is my goal.

Sin: we need to talk about it by Sivakumar Rajagopalan is available from Amazon on kindle for £0.99

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