I was talking with someone a while back, and was trying to figure how how to explain a life and death concept to her. From the point of view of a loving parent. Because I know she is one. Nothing came to mind during that conversation, but I did pray about it. Later God brought this great analogy to mind.

Since then I imagine the conversation we might have.

If your 3 year old daughter was eating old dried up lead paint that is chipping off from wood work or walls...or if you even knew that there might be lead paint where your 3 year old daughter is playing...What would you want to do?

Protect her! --  of course!

 Why?

Because I love her. And because she cannot understand what effect it will have on her. She needs my perception, widsom and guidance. Left to herself, she would NEVER figure it out on her own, she would just be poisoning herself. 

How would you do that?

By removing her from the source of the lead poisoning.Or removing the source of the lead poisoning from her environment.

BUT, What if  you have decided to NEVER force her to do anything. No matter how life threatening. She has free will to choose whatever she wants to do. How then could you try to protect her?

I would have to tell her. Not to do what is poisoning her. To tell her for her own safety. To make sure that she knows and understands the truth.

This is the relationship God has with us.

There are so many decisions I can make that result in poisoning my mind, heart, relationships, life...

And I would NEVER in a million years figure out on my own what I was doing wrong, or even that what I was doing was wrong. Not by judging from my own severely limited human perceptions, my own feelings, my own reasoning. Not by judging with the world's standards that are commonly accepted as truth, right, and politically correct.

So, when a loving Christian brother or sister comes to me and tries to restore me gently to The Way of living in freedom, through either sharing the Scripture truth with me, or reminding me of what the truth is, I need to remember that they are NOT being critical or judgmental.

They are trying to restore me to sanity and right relationship with God. With God's wisdom, and guidance. From His abundant love and power.

Even once I see where I have been wrong, I can only choose, to desire, to change. BUT only by relying on God's ability and willingness to make that change a reality in my heart, mind, relationships and life can I be set free from the bondage of habit and sin. 

My loving Christian friends are seeing me more clearly than I can see myself and are encouraging me to choose life.

"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!" Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT

God is NOT a kill-joy.

God is the ONLY source of joy.

There's also the fact that our loving Father God also gives us the desire to obey Him, even when we can't see or understand for ourselves why we need to be living His Way.

 and

He also provides the ability, the power to obey, through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, when we accept Christ as our Savior and Lord.

 Pretty cool package for a people who want to enjoy real freedom. Freedom from worry, fear, guilt, anxiety, hatred, bitterness...

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letsg...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 9:55 PM

This is a good post. The key words are: So, when a loving Christian brother or sister comes to me and tries to restore me gently to The Way of living in freedom, through either sharing the Scripture truth with me, or reminding me of what the truth is, I need to remember that they are NOT being critical or judgmental.

Thanks for sharing it with us. We appreciate God ordained analogies.  

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