- "Seldom do we pray seriously and thoughtfully for those we love as they deal with their besetting sins." (Pg. 149, Loc. 1891) He helped me see the need of "pointed" prayers- specifically those that are addressing concrete battles in others' lives.
- "We can't do battle with evil without letting God destroy the evil in us as well." (Pg. 151, Loc. 1918) Probably the biggest takeaway in these two chapters was for me to examine myself when I see others' sins or when others open up to me about their sins. He talked about this further in the next chapter: "Instead of using your insights into other people's issues as a spiritual hammer, Jesus wants you to take these insights and deepen your own repentance." (Pg. 159, Loc. 2034) I want those circumstances to be catalysts for my repentance.
- I think he captured this well: "Repentance usually starts with a question, a slight uneasiness." (Pg. 155, Loc. 1980) If I would just learn to recognize that the uneasiness is coming from the Holy Spirit and deal with it as soon as possible!
- Years ago I was helped by something my brother-in-law would say: "Sin always complicates things." I was reminded of that when reading this short paragraph: "Sin is complicated. We are never a passive observer, dispensing wisdom and justice. We are part of the mess. My solution to the problem made it more complex. That's why we can't afford to do anything on our own." (Pg. 156, Loc. 1989)
- "Because I acted on my own, independent of my heavenly Father, my words by themselves had to do all the work." (Pg. 156, Loc. 1989) I think we are all problem solvers, to some degree. We want change to happen and we want to help in the process. I thought his possible scenario with the software disc was really good- he was not so dependent upon God that he didn't say anything to his son. Instead, he made sure that he looked to God first, and spoke later in a controlled manner. Sometimes they way people talk, I get the impression they think being dependent on God means doing absolutely nothing. The author's scenario (in my opinion) had a good balance of dependence yet acceptance of responsibility (role as a father).
I've had my say, what say you?
Discussion on Chapters 19-20