Pastoral Pity Parties

I see no one writing articles on the trials and pains of other vocations — 21 Ways to Bless Your Mechanic or The Private Pain of Your Mail Carrier or Stopping Your Trash Pickup Really Hurts Your Sanitation Worker or How to Bless Your Attorney On Their Vacation. Why? Because there are certain hazards and risks and pains and nuisances that are given to each calling to which people are called, and each must deal with them as they are brought to them in the providence of God.

To what end?

All our knowledge of the Bible and of doctrine—such as that of our Standards is good, and is to be sought after and longed for. However, if we heap up that knowledge and it does not produce within us love for God—not just any love, but love that is with all our heart and soul and might; and love for our neighbor—not just any love, but love that even reaches out to our enemies (Cf. Luke 10:25-37)—then we are nothing. Our knowledge is nothing.

The Sweetest Words

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1[1]– Romans 8:1 is one of the most hopeful verses for sinners like me. There are other verses, of course, that offer this same hope (e.g. Ps 103:12; 1 John 1:9; Col 2:13—and many more), but those words, "No condemnation," ring …