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Deal with Sins

 

SIN, hatred for

There's an old story about a man who tried to save the city of Sodom from destruction by warning the citizens. But the people ignored him. One day someone asked, "Why bother everyone? You can't change them." "Maybe I can't," the man replied, "but I still shout and scream to prevent them from changing me!

Lot was a righteous man (2 Peter 2:7) who should have done some screaming. The record of his life reminds us of how our sense of moral indignation can be dulled by the world. Lot chose to dwell in cities where there was great wickedness (Genesis 13:12,13). When Sodom was invaded by hostile kings, he was captured. Even after Abraham rescued Lot, he was still drawn back to that wicked city (Genesis 19:1). And the last chapter of his story is an account of heartache and shame (Genesis 19). What a contrast -- this nephew and his uncle! Abraham trusted God, prayed for the righteous, and lived a moral life. But Lot was "oppressed with the filthy conduct of the wicked" (2 Peter 2:7). Although the sin of his day bothered him, he apparently said little about it.

Our Daily Bread.

 

SIN, hiding

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Humor

The drunk husband snuck up the stairs quietly. He looked in the bathroom mirror and bandaged the bumps and bruises he'd received in a fight earlier that night. He then proceeded to climb into bed, smiling at the thought that he'd pulled one over on his wife. When morning came, he opened his eyes and there stood his wife. "You were drunk last night weren't you!" "No, honey." "Well, if you weren't, then who put all the band-aids on the bathroom mirror?"

 

SIN, of Omission

Misdeeds are sins of commission and missed deeds are sins of omission.


Poetry

It isn't the thing you do;
It's the thing you leave undone,
Which gives you a bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.

The tender word forgotten,
The letter you did not write,
The flower you might have sent,
Are your haunting ghosts tonight.

The stone you might have lifted
Out of a brother's way,
The bit of heartsome counsel
You were harried too much to say.

The loving touch of the hand,
The gentle winsome tone,
That you had no time or tho't for
With troubles enough of your own.

The little acts of kindness
So easily out of mind;
Those chances to be helpful
Which everyone may find.

No, it's not the things you do,
It's the thing you leave undone
Which gives you the bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.

By Margaret Sangster, taken from Resource, Sept./Oct., 1992, p. 2.

 

SIN, personal

"What's wrong with the world?" a newspaper editorial once asked. G.K. Chesterton wrote in reply, "I am."

SIN, slavery to

Radio personality Paul Harvey tells the story of how an Eskimo kills a wolf. The account is grisly, yet it offers fresh insight into the consuming, self-destructive nature of sin. "First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood, and another, until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood. "Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly now, harder and harder the wolf licks the blade in the arctic night.

So great becomes his craving for blood that the wolf does not notice the razor-sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue, nor does he recognize the instant at which his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his OWN warm blood. His carnivorous appetite just craves more--until the dawn finds him dead in the snow!"

It is a fearful thing that people can be "consumed by their own lusts." Only God's grace keeps us from the wolf's fate.

Chris T. Zwingelberg.

 

SIN, wages of

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Commentary

This is the bitterest of all--to know that suffering need not have been; that it has resulted from indiscretion and inconsistency; that it is the harvest of one's own sowing; that the vulture which feeds on the vitals is a nestling of one's own rearing. Ah me! This is pain! There is an inevitable Nemesis in life. The laws of the heart and home, of the soul and human life, cannot be violated with impunity. Sin may be forgiven; the fire of penalty may be changed into the fire of trial: the love of God may seem nearer and dearer than ever and yet there is the awful pressure of pain; the trembling heart; the failing of eyes and pining of soul; the harp on the willows; the refusal of the lip to sing the Lord's song.

F.B. Meyer in Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p. 246.

 

BIOGRAPHY OF SIN.

In Psalm lxxviii. We have a summary by the Holy Spirit as to the continued sinning of Israel in the wilderness.

“ Stubborn” ( verse 8).

“ Rebellious” ( verse 8).

“ Set not their heart aright” (verse 8).

“ Spirit not stedfast with God” (verse 8).

“ Turned back in the day of battle” (verse 9).

“ Kept not the covenant of God” (verse 10).

“ Refused to walk in His law” ( verse 10).

“ Forgat His works” ( verse 11).

“ Sinned yet more” ( verse 17).

“ Provoking the Most High” ( verse 17).

“ Tempted God” ( verse 18).

“ Spake against God” ( verse 19).

“ Believed not in God” (verse 22).

“ Trusted not in His salvation” (verse 22).

“ Not estranged from their lust” (verse 30).

“ They sinned still” (verse 32).

“ They lied unto Him” (verse 36).

“ Their hearts not right with Him” (verse 37).

“ Not stedfast in His covenant” (verse 37).

“How oft did they provoke Him” (verse 40).

“ Grieve Him” (verse 40).

“ Turned back” (verse 41).

“ Tempted God” (verse 41).

“ Limited the Holy One of Israel” (verse 41).

“ Remembered not” (verse 42).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

BONDAGE OF SIN.

Israel’s bondage in Egypt is an illustration of the sinner’s bondage in sin. Egypt is a type of the world; Pharaoh is a type of Satan; and the bondage an illustration of the enslaving power of sin. Different men are in bondage to different sins. Let me give seven sample cases.

. The Pharisee. He was in bondage to self-righteousness. He thought he was free, and behold he was bound. He thanks God he is not as other men, and behold he is worse than other men, because of what he is not, and being proud of it (Luke 18:11).

. Esau. He was in bondage to sensual satisfaction (Genesis 25:32; Heb.12:16). He did not care about the future of spiritual things so long as his present need was supplied, and his desire granted. He had enough when his appetites were met.

. Balaam. He was in bondage to the love of money. He loved the wages of unrighteousness. It was of little moment to him who suffered if only he could obtain his own ends (Jude 11; Numbers 22).

. Demas. He was in bondage to worldliness ( 2 Tim.4:10). Love of the world fascinated Demas to his destruction. It was a wrecker’s light that lured him on to the rocks of error, where he made shipwreck of faith and of a good conscience.

. Korah. Korah and his followers were guilty of rebellion against God in coveting the priesthood; hence, they were in bondage to pride (Numbers 16). Pride is self-assertion and self-will in opposition to God’s word and will. Pride is a hideous power to be under. It is a very octopus that will suck the life-blood out of any man, and lead him to eternal death.

. Nadab and Abihu. It seems that these sons of Aaron, being under the influence of strong drink, brought strange fire into the Lord’s presence, as after death the priests were prohibited from drinking strong drink when in the service of the tabernacle (Lev.10:9). The sons of Aaron were in bondage to strong drink, hence, their rash action which brought such a terrible judgment upon them. How many there are who are in bondage to intemperance. It is a blight that kills everything that is bright, beautiful, noble, and moral.

. Lord of Samaria. The lord of Samaria was in bondage to unbelief. He did not believe that God could meet the need of Samaria. The consequence was, he was punished by death for his want of faith( 2 Kings 7:2, 19,20). Unbelief is a cloud that hides the sun from view.

There is only one Person who can fee the one who is in hondage, and that One is Christ.

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings