Yesterday, my friend and I were talking about sin. The conversation went along the lines of human nature seems to view our status as sinners in an overly negative way. Sin is bad. We do bad things, but we are good people. God loves us, so no matter how many bad acts we do, he still loves us. However, he wants more out of life for us. He wants to move us away from our sinful nature. He wants to save us from our sin.
We can have heaven on earth, albeit, imperfectly. To do this, we must begin the process of understandings our sinful selves. We must learn to see ourselves through the eyes of God. The process, while triggering guilt, should more importantly trigger gratitude and awe of a God, who can forgive us our sins. This awe results in a greater love of God, which in turn makes us more excited about working with the Holy Spirit to be free from bondage to sin; to attachments; to anything that keeps us from living a more God-like life.
The truth is, we are called to be one with God. We are called to be a part of the Divine, to be divinized by grace. In other words, not gods ourselves, but one in God. That means that the person standing next to you is also called to be one in God, which makes him or her a part of you. We are one Body in Christ.
Sinner cannot be united to God. Our desire for earthly things must be purged. Repentant sinners who collaborate with the Holy Spirit to avoid sin, they are the ones who are becoming one with God. These people are open to grace, and thus make more holy choices; more and more often make holy choices.
This is the Good News that was proclaimed in the Gospels. We are free from our attachments. We are free to be joined with God. We are free to be a part of the divine. We are free to be one with Love. While we are free, we still freely choose the wrong things, but through the grace given by the Holy Spirit, we can be healed from our attachments.
Spend some time with the Holy Spirit asking him to help you be open to the ugliness of sin in your life. Ask him to help you understand where you have turned a blind eye to sin or have not been made aware that behaviors are sinful. Ask him to help you more fully enter the process of purification and unification. Ask him to open your eyes to grace working in your life, and for the will to more often choose the good things in life. In this way, may we all experience a little more heaven on earth.
Ms. Debra D. Weldon, OP