Part 4 of 4
By Pastor Dave
As Christians playing the victim, it blocks us from dealing with sin in our life as well as blocks our process of growth to become more like Christ. When we face our sin and seek forgiveness, we reopen the fellowship with God and man. Joy returns and the growth process starts again. It is in these times we make our greatest spiritual advancements. David said in Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. David had faced his sin, took the blame, and asked for forgiveness. He was ready to do things God’s way again. I believe in the contrite heart that David was referring to when he said in Psalm 51:17 A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
This is one of the reasons the Lord’s Table is so important. It examines our hearts for sin and makes no excuses before God to admit, confess, and repent of our faults before God and to people we offend. It ensures that fellowship we can have because of the work on the cross. I believe we would have a lot less mental illness and happier people if we would lay aside the victim card and say these simple phrases from the heart. “It was my fault”, “I am sorry”, and “Please forgive me” to God and man. Watch the joy return, the growth start, and the blessings come in our lives. We must go down on our knees before we go up in the eyes of the Lord.