Rosie had her 15th birthday last night. What a girl!

She’d invited all her family and ours and other friends from church. It had been a while since I’d spent time in decent conversation with some of them and I was blessed on a couple of fronts but mostly just by watching god-fearing young men and women having fun together.

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Jacqui told me she wanted to join us in our real live bookclub (based on the online equipbookclub)

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These thoughts about faith came out of another conversation from last night (plus other musings)…

I’ve been encouraged to observe some young women in our church dealing with a very difficult situation. It is one which could bubble up into an eruption of bitterness and really hurt them and lots of the church family yet, I haven’t heard a bitter remark, or slanderous comment or seen any behaviour displayed which is less than loving. I’m sure it’s been very difficult for them as they live together in their single girls’ household.

If the girls were ‘staying cool’ simply for appearances sake – well maybe even that is mature for a group of under 20s. But I think it has more to do with their growing faith.

The surer we are of God’s loving promises, of his free forgiveness and our justification; the less likely we are to need to justify ourselves for our own sinfulness. And, praise God for this even bigger thought, we can respond lovingly when confronted with the ugly sin of our brother or sister. Christ has justified them. We don’t need to respond. We don’t need to be embarrassed, or offended. In fact, it’s often worse if we do because if our Father is convicting them, our sinful response can serve to distract them from what the Father is seeking to reveal to them.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Romans 8: 1-4

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