The 3 A’s , Christian Life and Development by D. S Reynolds, is here to help individuals align with the Word of God. It is wonderful to know that whatever it is he wants us to do, he equips us with the necessary tools and resources that we need. However, this often needs to be coupled with us exercising obedience faith and trust in Him.
Here is an extract from her book:
CHAPTER ONE – Letting Go!
When you look at the life of Jesus Christ, He was often criticised for interacting with the rejects, undesirables and dysfunctional people in society. The pious people of the day could not comprehend why He wanted to mix with such individuals.
Later, as Jesus and his disciples were eating dinner at Matthew’s house, there were many notorious swindlers there as guests.
The Pharisees were indignant. “Why does your teacher associate with men like that?”
“Because people who are well don’t need a doctor. It’s the sick people who do.” was Jesus’ reply. Then he added, “Now go away and learn the meaning of this verse of Scripture, “It isn’t your sacrifices and gifts I want – I want you to be merciful”. For I have come to urge sinners, not the self-righteous back to God.”
Jesus was saying He had come for those who are broken, hurting, wounded, dysfunctional and generally all those who recognise that they are in need of Him. In my view that is all of us, because we have all experienced some kind of hurt, pain, rejection and or exposure to some form of dysfunctional relationship in life whether intentionally or unintentionally.
However, there are others who are self-righteous, who see themselves as good and are judgmental towards others. These are the people who think they do not need to be forgiven because according to their standards, they have not offended God and they are okay.
Individuals who hold such opinions are missing out on the wonderful blessings God wants to give them. They are not in a place to humbly receive such blessings because they have everything sorted in their lives and therefore, have no need of Him.
I am not ashamed to say that the impact of my parent’s divorce affected me. I would also say, do not underestimate the impact of divorce on children. It is possible for a child to harbour bitterness towards a loved one as result of the words used by one parent to express their dissatisfaction with their former spouse. This can adversely impact a child and contribute to their misalignment later on in life. It could even impact upon their future relationships.
As I began to study the word of God, somehow bitterness and the Christian message of forgiveness and love your neighbor, seemed incompatible. Therefore, I knew I had problems. This is what the word of God does; it convicts you and helps you realise that something is not right in your life. It brings things to your attention that are out of alignment with the word of God. You choose how you respond to that conviction. Some people ignore it and continue to justify their behaviour. Others may acknowledge it but that is as far as it goes. Others may acknowledge it and maybe try to do something about it. The choice is ours, but we must also be prepared to accept the consequence of how we respond to our convictions. – Written by D S Reynolds