Convicted By My Own Inaction

Convicted By My Own Inaction!

Convicted by my own inaction I read the sentence over and over again. How could I be so shortsighted? How could I be so remiss? Since you are unaware of the conversation rambling around in my head I need to fill you in on the details. I read an obituary on line recently and there were several points that I could totally relate to but there was this one statement that convicted me! You can read the entire amazing obituary by clicking here. The convicting sentence simply stated:

Correspond with the imprisoned and have lunch with the cognitively challenged.

Why was I convicted by a philosophy someone else choose to live by? Because I have a younger brother who is in prison and I have neglected to correspond with him.  I sit down pretty regularly to correspond with others but can’t recall the last time I did for him. I felt ashamed as I read that one line over and over again. So I did what I knew needed to be done. I confessed. I know God already knows my heart but He asks us to confess and repent openly.  By openly admitting my oversight and neglect my slate has been cleaned. God doesn’t ask us to repeatedly hash over our past wrongs. He hears, He listens, He answers.

Convicted By My Own Inaction

Making Amends

From this point forward though it is up to me to make my amends. It’s all on me to correct the wrong and do the right thing. I know how I got where I got–I passed the buck. Yep. I wrote to him a few times and then I passed on his address to others who were handling the card ministry where I was attending church at the time. Outwardly it appeared to be a good thing, yet truthfully I passed on a task that made me uncomfortable. There, I said it. Honestly, I hated wrangling with the words to say. I’m no judge, only God sits high enough to look down on others. I simply ran out of things to say, or so I convinced myself.

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:3 NIV

Is there a Scripture you avoid or choose to overlook because what it instructs you to do makes you uncomfortable? Share it by commenting below!