One of the most significant moments of freedom in my Christian walk with Jesus came when my head and my heart finally understood that my suffering and adversity in life is not a result of the good or the evil that I do.
I think I believed that lie for the first 15 years of my faith journey. The Lord used many in my life to help me understand deeper the nature and character of Him. I learned that God’s love for me is not dependent upon my actions. I learned that we all are apart of something bigger than just ourselves. Many of our trials can be attributed to the fall of man in Genesis 3. We live in a fallen and broken world. We are physically, emotionally, spiritually broken people because of Genesis 3.
The last part of Numbers 32:23 says “be sure your sins will find you out.” Wow, that is quite a frightening verse in the Scriptures if you live hidden in your sins. Often times the consequences of hidden sin are vast. It can root deeply into your heart and affect every area of your life and every relationship that you have.
If what Scripture says is true and that your sins will eventually find you out, then you have a choice to make in that moment. Is it simply that I got caught in my sin or is it that being caught is the kindness and the grace of the Lord? Nothing can be hidden from the Lord. He is present at all times and he knows the depths of our hearts and minds. Could it be that He orchestrated you being caught in your sin as a loving discipline for the one He loves: YOU!
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son who He receives.” -Hebrews: 12:5-6
There is healing in the light when things are brought out and shared between one another and the Lord. I have seen repeatedly how the Lord has used BYX to bring issues into the light. BYX is a fraternity of Christian men. Each member shares the common bond of Jesus Christ. There is no better place for you to be truly known in college than in the fraternity of BYX. We are living life together in the confines of a fraternity. We eat together, we study together, we compete together, we socialize together and we share our lives in Christ together.
Every one of our brothers is a fallen and sinful man. We all have our challenges, our faults, our struggles and our fears. BYX needs to be a safe place where our brothers can share all of those things and understand that God loves each of us, and yet He doesn’t want us to stay in our sin. He wants us to continue to grow in our knowledge and understanding of Him, He wants to use our brothers to sharpen and chisel away at the areas of our lives that need to be exposed, surrendered and healed.
Those moments can be difficult. The discipline can seem critical and harsh. Some would even consider it “unloving and not accepting,” but it is in those moments where men who choose to submit themselves to the Lord see that the discipline isn’t really discipline out of harshness, but the kindness and grace of a loving God working through our brothers.