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One of my favorite contemplative quotes is, “love will heal you from the roots of sin,” from The Cloud of Unknowing. It is short and to the point, written by an anonymous Medieval Christian mystic. I think of sin less as my personal foibles and follies and more as that which harms and causes suffering — pain inflected on myself, others, or the world. I think it helps to view sin this way because it makes sin less about a showdown between myself and an angry god and more about the core of the issue: addressing the suffering and exploitation in the world. When I take sin too personally, I tend to become (ironically) a bit narcissistic, too self centered. When I view sin more holistically, more in terms of suffering and inflicting pain, then I am inspired by the antidote: love. Love is healing. Healing repairs suffering and seeks to end oppression, domination, and violent exploitation. Love heals us from the roots of sin. Love is a lifestyle and Way-of-Being that we slowly cultivate. It takes work but it brings healing.

2 thoughts on “Healing from sin

  1. Good ol’ Steve Brown used to say “It’s the concentration on our sin that makes us worse.” The context was sanctification and his point was that by focusing ourselves back to God’s grace, we can overcome those sins that we feel bound to.

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  2. We really must realize that what it is says in Romans that by faith and discipleship all things are turned to the good by God. Even our sins. I really believe all is all. That is no excuse to sin, but in our basic human weaknesses, I think the more we see this good happen in spite of us, the greater our faith grows and the more I want God’s plan, not my shortcuts (which is most sin, I think, us shortcutting God’s design). Good words. PS What we dwell upon magnifies in our life…sin is no exception.

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