How God Feels About Our Sin
Our home is usually insect-free. When I notice a couple of ants or other critters I have my ways of getting rid of them permanently. It is usually better if I can do that before my wife notices them. For some reason she seems to loath them far more than I do.
This morning something happened that seems to happen every few months. There was some kind of a little fly with white wings that landed on my wife*s side of our dining room table. It slowly and naively crawled toward me until I was able to squash it with a quick movement of my thumb. It was small enough that I probably could have squashed 8 or 10 of them at one time with my thumb. Knowing how my wife feels about those little things I dutifully got a paper towel and cleaned the table from where it landed to where I crushed it. I get up earlier than she does and that is my time to read my Bible. So she didn*t see the little thing. I haven*t decided if I will tell her about it. (If I tell her about it I can be a hero for a moment.) Perhaps it is best to keep it our little secret, yours and mine.
God feels about our little sins the way my wife feels about bugs. We know that those little critters can crawl out of the drain of a kitchen sink or a worse place and spread bacteria which can harm us all over our homes. God knows that our little sins have a powerful destructive force on us and on our relationships with others and with Him. The most dangerous sins are the ones that we ignore, cannot see or don*t know about. They are the ones that we look at through rose-colored glasses. They are the ones that we don*t think others know about. We think of them as harmless so we don*t repent of them and stop committing them. We don*t ask forgiveness for them.
Romans 6:23a: For the wages of sin is death; . . .
Little sins take things that we expect to be beneficial and make them spiritually destructive.
Ecclesiastes 10:1: Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
An apothecary was something prepared by qualified priests to be a sweet savour unto the Lord. Flies made it stink. We are to try to please the Lord. OUR SIN STINKS TO HIM. HE HATES IT.
We can prevent our little sins from doing their damage. We can deodorize them. We can kill them and we can confess them.
Colossians 3:5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Of course these truths only apply to those who have been made alive unto God, who have become the children of God, who have been regenerated. Flies and germs can*t kill something that is already dead. Sins don*t kill someone spiritually who is already spiritually dead.
Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Romans 6:13: Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
1 John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Care to discuss How God Feels About Our Sin with Ron?