- Spend more time trying to taste what is sweet--Christ. I.e. worship.
- Fight sin (as you fight it, you'll discover how strong and horrible it is).
- Pray: ask God to increase your sense of its bitterness; ask God for more brokenness.
- Meditate on the outcome of sin and particular sins.
- Avail yourself of the public teaching of the word.
- Avail yourself of the testimonies of other Christians concerning the ruinous nature of sin in their lives.
- Help other fight sin--own and feel their struggles with them.
- Spend more time with non-Christians and consider their hopes and hurts.
- Read the daily news.
- Have at least a passing awareness of your own culture and how the fall has manifested itself in your context (through media, legislation, etc.)
- Confess your own sins daily.
- For pastors: Plan and execute corporate prayers of confession.
- 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.
- Spend time caring for the poor, needy, and victims of injustice.
- Spend time reading and meditating on the Old Testament--both individual passages as well as the storyline of the whole thing.
- Watch this video. Or don't (I couldn't watch it).
- Meditate often on what this video, like a shadow, points toward.
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: