In a recent "sermon", the teacher used an analogy that I cannot get out of my head.
If you see someone's house burning down, you don't stand back and say "mmm hmmm, I knew that would happen because they....."
You would scream "your house is burning! get out!"
This was in reference to Christians continuing in sin and fellow Christians stopping them without judgement.
The problem is that most sin is not as scary as a burning house.
Sin can be exciting, a thrill, and sometimes a comfort. Most of the time, we can rationalize the reasons for our sin.
Some of us have a small trash can fire. Some of us have a multiple alarm fire.
The teacher used another picture of God taking us by the hand, like a parent. He pulls us away from danger, covers our eyes as we continue to look back at the sin, and grasps firmly to our hand to keep us with Him.
It continues to blow my mind that He would even bother to keep turning us back to him when we continue to choose other "delights" instead of Him!
I have a hard time with the fact that God CHOSE to love us. He loves us because He loves us. Not because of what we do, who we are, what we look like, or even what WE choose to love.