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Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. (NIV)
There is a tension that exists for every Christian in the world today. It is the very same tension that Jesus came to grips with in his powerful and poignant prayer in the Garden just before the fateful Passover that frightening week. We are left with this horrible conundrum of sin and sinners and never really understanding how to approach the problem of God’s love weighed over and against His holiness. Mercy and Justice are ever at the forefront of our minds. How do we live among them. Charles Colson found his answer after having been redeemed from and starting toward Jesus by starting Prison Fellowship Ministries. This organization has been responsible for leading many in prison to accept Jesus as their Savior. For others a calling to serve in some form of Compassionate ministries. For still others a pursuit of education and training in pastoral ministries. That is well and good. Still, we are left with the conundrum within. To love God and to hate sin leaves us necessarily in the place of coming to the Father, just as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane and coming to grips with the trouble all around us, but especially in our particular context. PRAYER IS THE ANSWER. It is the answer to every question or conflict we find ourselves mired in. Be joyful. There is an answer!