One of the ironic things about us followers of Jesus is that we pray that God will reveal to us his will, and most of the times that he does we don’t want to do it. Today’s first reading from Isaiah is a perfect example.
Thus says the Lord GOD:
Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,
lift up your voice like a trumpet blast;
Tell my people their wickedness,
and the house of Jacob their sins.
They seek me day after day,
and desire to know my ways,
Like a nation that has done what is just
and not abandoned the law of their God;
They ask me to declare what is due them,
pleased to gain access to God.
“Why do we fast, and you do not see it?
afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?”
The Lord could not be clearer. We are commanded by God to admonish each other if one falls into sin. Yet we often refuse to do just that, mostly because we don’t want to be seen as believing that we are “holier than thou.” But, my sisters and brothers, if we do not point out error in those we love, how are they to know that their ways need to be reformed? Is it really loving to allow a brother or sister in Christ to continue in sin? Love is doing the hard things that need to be done, even if it causes temporary pain.
I certainly hope that if any of you sees me falling into sin, you will have the courage to “cry out full-throated and unsparingly” until I recognize my error and repent. This is the love that we owe to each others as Christians.
Be courageous in love.