The only way you can swallow the painful truth is to wash it down with a refreshing drink of grace.
You can tell someone all day long to fix issues they aren’t capable of fixing on their own. The only hope of seeing real change is to accept that Someone has given them the power to change.
Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”
Mark 2:17 (MSG)
This verse shows that we can’t just “fix it” or “get a new heart” in our own self-will. We must rely on the One who has fixed it all and allow Him to empower us to change.
You were once spiritually dead, as confirmed in your constant failure; being bound to a lifestyle ruled by the distorted desires of the flesh, but now God has made you alive together with him, having forgiven you all your trespasses.
Colossians 2:13 (MIRROR)
What can a dead man do to save himself? Nothing.
What does “self-improvement” look like after you’ve become a new creation? Allowing God to point to anything that can hurt us and allowing Him to empower us to fix it.
Being afraid of “not being used by God” until we get it all right is what keeps the “congregation” striving to be “used” by God. All while the “clergy” are the only ones that are deemed worthy of changing the world. That’s what I call “platform empowerment”.
This is not the kingdom. This is the empire.
This is not the good news. This is self-salvation.
Love will never invoke fear. Perfect love expels fear, particularly the fear of punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been completed through love.
1 John 4:18 (VOICE)
There is a better way. Tell people the truth, yes. The no-holds-barred truth. The in-your-face truth. But, don’t stop there. Give them the good news of grace.