3-Fold Strategy for Rooting Sin Out of Our Lives

A number of years ago, on my way home from work, a guy cut me off in traffic and I became very angry. I honked and scowled at him to let him know what I thought of his driving. Then, instantly, the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin.

I was crushed! How could I respond to others with such anger and venom? I felt soiled by my sin. I was deeply ashamed and desperate to have the Lord take this behavior from me. I needed his transforming power.

At home, I changed and went out for a hike. On that hike, I meditated word-for-word and thought-for-thought on 1 John 1:9, allowing its truths to wash over me.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.

My meditation on this passage was extremely helpful and it also prompted a thought in me I had never considered.

Up until now, I had always “hoped” and “prayed” that I would avoid such a godless reaction when a situation like this arose in traffic. But I saw that this approach was totally passive on my part. As a result, I was always dealing with this sin on the back side of it, after-the-fact, in a reactionary way having to “clean up” my mess.

I realized that all of us go through much of life hoping to avoid sin, but doing very little to aggressively root it out of our lives. Specifically with this sin, I decided I needed to go on the offensive and remove it from my life—but how?

Going to the Word and in conversation with the Lord, he led me to a three-fold offensive strategy:

  1. I daily practiced abiding in Christ asking him to change me.
  2. I shared my specific need for change with a confidant—a spiritual partner (and with my wife).
  3. I chose to replace anger and frustration, with Christ’s patience and love.

Over the next months, as I continued practicing this offensive strategy, I experienced the change the Christ wanted to bring about in me. He gives us victory!

However, I must confess that the second element of that strategy was the most difficult because I had to humble myself, admit defeat, and give my confidant permission to ask me each week how I was doing.

The second element of this offensive strategy is so crucial for victory:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

What pattern of sin would you like God to root out of your life? Go on the offensive, using this strategy and see what God does!

©2015 Rob Fischer

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Got a Pebble in Your Shoe?

Have you ever had a pebble in your shoe? From time to time I’ll be out hiking and a pebble flips up and lands in my boot. Of course, I could stay home and sit on the couch and avoid the possibility of getting a pebble in my boot, but then I’d miss out on so much enjoyment in life!

Instead, I choose to go out hiking and occasionally get a pebble in my boot. Sometimes, if I’m in a hurry, I try to ignore the pebble. And before I know it, this tiny particle of rock or twig is causing me to walk with a limp. This bothersome pebble is irritating, annoying and impairing my ability to walk and enjoy the beauty around me.

So finally, I’ll stop, untie my boot and shake out the offending particle. And often I’m amazed at what a tiny particle of stone or bark it was that caused me so much discomfort! Why hadn’t I stopped to remove it sooner?

An offense by someone else can be like a pebble in our shoe. When someone offends us in some way, like that pebble in our shoe, it may take us by surprise. We didn’t mingle with others expecting to be offended, but in the context of relationships, such offenses are inevitable. With relationships we could also decide to stay home and sit on the couch to avoid the possibility of being hurt, but we’d miss out on a great deal of enjoyment in life.

Instead, we choose to go out and spend time with people and occasionally, someone offends us. Sometimes we try to carry the offense around with us, but before we know it, that offense—even if tiny—seems huge and begins to irritate and annoy us impairing our walk. We get so focused on the offense, that we can’t enjoy anyone or anything else around us! As someone has put it, “Harboring bitterness toward someone for an offense is like taking poison ourselves, but expecting the other person to die.”

So, where does the analogy go from here? How do we “shake the offending pebble out of our boot?” Just like the annoying pebble that lands in our boot, as soon as it falls in our boot, it becomes our responsibility to remove it. In the case of an offense, the way to remove that offense is to forgive.

Forgiveness is coming to our senses and realizing that we are the ones perpetuating our discomfort. Forgiving the offending person is how we remove that irritating pebble. Forgiving others is very Christ-like. It’s what Jesus does. Forgiving others brings relief and refreshment to us and expresses God’s grace and mercy to others. Forgiving others frees us, enabling us once again to enjoy life around us. When we finally forgive an offense, we wonder why we hadn’t stopped sooner to remove it!

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

© 2010 Rob Fischer

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