We always find what we are looking for

If you are thinking about buying a green car, you will suddenly notice that there are many green cars on the road; if you are thinking about buying a new green Toyota, you’ll start to see them everywhere. If you go out on a Saturday night looking for trouble, you’ll be calling a friend to bail you out of jail on Sunday morning.

We always find what we are looking for.

I see a lot of posts that have the word “sin” in their titles, I hear a lot of people talking about sin in others, sometimes I hear people talking about the sin in their lives. Why are so many focused on sin?

We always find what we are looking for.

Do we look for the sin in TV shows or movies or books? It isn’t hard to find. Are we looking for sin in culture; that isn’t hard to find. Are we looking for sin in other people; that’s pretty easy to spot as well, and to be sure, they can see our sin just as easily.

We always find what we are looking for.

The Pharisees were the most righteous of all men, and it would appear from the record of Scripture that they were on the lookout for sin, and they found it everywhere in their midst, and they were very quick to point it out, but when the Son of God was in their midst, they missed Him entirely, preferring instead to find sin; that unending search for the sin in their midst was their downfall.

We always find what we are looking for.

Nice going guys…

Paul didn’t tell us we should be obsessed with sin:

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:1

We always find what we are looking for.

Maybe I’m wrong; maybe I’m crazy.

You might say I’ve gone soft on sin; you might say I’m a sinner.

It could be I’m old and feeble; It could be I’m out of touch.

But if we find what we are looking for, wouldn’t it be a bad idea to be looking for sin?

If we find what we are looking for, wouldn’t it be a better idea to be looking for the things that are from above? If we find what we are looking for, wouldn’t it be a great idea to be looking for His presence?

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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21 Responses to We always find what we are looking for

  1. paulfg says:

    Don – thank you. You have put into words – so concisely and clearly – what I struggle to write (concisely and clearly). Fill up on His love – and you begin to see His love in everything and everyone and everywhere. Why get bloated on sin when you can get loved-up on love? And all of a sudden sin becomes so less a “burden”.
    THANK YOU!! ((hugs))

    • Don Merritt says:

      I appreciate that Paul, thank you. I think you hit on something there: ‘And all of a sudden sin becomes so less a “burden”.’

      Interesting thought, for I’ve noticed that if I’m looking for naughty people and their nasty sins, I find a whole lot of distraction and temptations that I really didn’t need. 🙂

      • paulfg says:

        Thanks Don. I have found it the only way to get past the roadblock of “love the sinner and not the sin”. When “sin” is in the mix love isn’t. But when I look with and for love and without and not for sin – a sacred human and precious human being shines bright – every time. And where is the burden in that?

        (that is the theory – still figuring out how to make that work with those “sacred beings” who irritate the rest of the human race for no good reason I can see!) 🙂

  2. Pete says:

    Excellent! We must look for the best in people, and think on those things that are Godly (Phil 4:8). It is not our place to look for sin, and especially not to judge the sinner – that’s God’s job.

  3. Gail Johnson says:

    I wish I could have hit the like button several times! 🙂

  4. So many of us think we are not influenced by culture and the world, but if we seek to look to much at movies and tv for our moral compass we’ll see changes in our worldly view. I am always working at looking up to God instead of the world… but it takes work for me. I have to really work on this.

  5. This post echoes Philippians 4:8. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Steve B says:

    I am looking for money. Seems to elude me. 🙂

  8. Don thank you! What an eye opening post! So very true look for God and his love everywhere and in everything isn’t that a much better use of our time and energy!

  9. dimphokay says:

    “The Pharisees were the most righteous of all men, and it would appear from the record of Scripture that they were on the lookout for sin, and they found it everywhere in their midst, and they were very quick to point it out, but when the Son of God was in their midst, they missed Him entirely, preferring instead to find sin; that unending search for the sin in their midst was their downfall.” these guys really did miss Him. Your post is eye opening. I love the pictures in your blog as well.

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