Call It Like It Is

John 8:31-33
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

You can’t be set free if you think you already are. The Pharisees were slaves of Rome, but were blinded to this by their disdain for Jesus. They thought Jesus had come to threaten all they deemed worthy, when, in fact, He alone was the fulfillment of all they deemed worthy.

In helping people deal with their sin, I have become less and less tolerant of everyone’s (mine included) euphemistic view of sin. A euphemism is a word or phrase that replaces a word in order to lighten its propensity to offend. I’ll call it a mistake instead of a sin. I’ll say I misspoke instead of lied. I’ll call it peace making instead of war. These are euphemisms. We tend to want to lighten the look of our sins. We missed the mark. We weren’t at our best. We made a bad choice. It’s never just, we sinned, but it needs to be. I think, in fact, when it comes to our sin, we need to be more dysphemistic than euphemistic, or we’ll sound like the Pharisees. We need to call it like it is.

Lord, help me abide in You and Your Word and to know just how bad and binding my sins are and were. You did nothing less than set me free. I was not free before. Because of You, I am free evermore. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

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