Friday, April 10, 2009

Bitterness of Sin, for Good Friday

At 9 Marks, seventeen ideas for how to grow in a godly sense for the bitterness of sin--that we might despise, fight, and flee sin:
  1. Spend more time trying to taste what is sweet--Christ. I.e. worship.
  2. Fight sin (as you fight it, you'll discover how strong and horrible it is).
  3. Pray: ask God to increase your sense of its bitterness; ask God for more brokenness.
  4. Meditate on the outcome of sin and particular sins.
  5. Avail yourself of the public teaching of the word.
  6. Avail yourself of the testimonies of other Christians concerning the ruinous nature of sin in their lives.
  7. Help other fight sin--own and feel their struggles with them.
  8. Spend more time with non-Christians and consider their hopes and hurts.
  9. Read the daily news.
  10. Have at least a passing awareness of your own culture and how the fall has manifested itself in your context (through media, legislation, etc.)
  11. Confess your own sins daily.
  12. For pastors: Plan and execute corporate prayers of confession.
  13. For pastors: Make sure at least some of Sunday's music is of the minor key variety, i.e. confesses and grieves sin. For example: Ah, Holy Jesus.
  14. Spend time caring for the poor, needy, and victims of injustice.
  15. Spend time reading and meditating on the Old Testament--both individual passages as well as the storyline of the whole thing.
  16. Watch this video. Or don't (I couldn't watch it).
  17. Meditate often on what this video, like a shadow, points toward.

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