Summary: Everyone of us is, has, or will be, standing on the wrong side of sin. And when that happens, what are God’s people supposed to do.
"WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE DO BAD THINGS"
TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 7:2-13
In the movie Mr. Mom a business executive loses his job and stays home to take care of the house, and his wife goes back to work. He doesn’t do to well.
There is one scene in the Movie when Mr. Mom is dropping his kids off at school, and he is told by a lady that he is to enter from the North and exit from the south. Well, He broke the sacred rule for dropping off his kids AND went the wrong way -- and all of the mothers were beeping and yelling at him.
This week I found out what it was like to be a victim of such wrath. I was dropping John off at school and when I was leaving -- I went out the wrong way. I didn’t mean to, I meant no harm, BUT the lady in the jeep didn’t see it that way.... With hair standing on end, her body half out her window, with fire in her eyes --- she roared at me "WRONG WAY!!!!" If she would have had a gun she would have killed me.... I had committed the unpardonable sin in her eyes -- I was going the wrong way.
I didn’t do it on purpose, I didn’t plan on going the wrong way -- I was trying to do right, But I messed up.
Fellow Christians, as we strive to live the Christian life, as we try to stay on the straight and narrow -- it is inevitable that at some time or another we will fall, -- we will leave the path, that we ought to be on... We will be found heading in the wrong direction, We will fall short of the glory of God .. We will sin!
Even though we concentrate intently and try to do right, many times we find ourselves standing on the wrong side of the fence. None of us are perfect -- John says in his first letter, "THAT IF ANYONE SAYS HE DOES NOT SIN, HE IS A LIAR AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM."
We sin, when we do things that God says are wrong (such things as: put anything before God, sexual immorality, envy, bitterness, unforgivenss, gossip, lying, drunkenness ...etc)
And we also sin when, we do not do what God says we should (You See, Christianity is much more a relationship of the Do’s then merely a religion of the Don’ts) If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you know of many things that God tells us to do... such as : give him you best, serve in the church, love another, encourage one another, study His Word to show yourself approved, share his Gospel, be active in the body of believers (not forsaking the gathering together of the saints)....etc ....etc ... etc, When we don’t do the good we ought to do we sin....
Everyone of us here (no exception, none of us is perfect) is, has, or will be, standing on the wrong side of sin (by doing what we should not or by not doing what we should)... And when that happens, what are God’s people supposed to do, what are we to do, what are you to -- "WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE DO BAD THINGS."
The answer depends on which side of the fence you are on at the time. Today, as we look at our text II Corinthians 7:2-13, we will discover what it is, that we need to do. We will see that there is not only something the fallen need to do, but that there is something the faithful also need to do.