It’s been a while since our blog has been active–for the we apologize. Life gets busy sometimes and other things take precedence. I’m hoping we will ease back into it. I have missed writing dearly. I feel so close to God as I relate how He is working through a circumstance and hold it up to His Word. I’m not sure when we will get back on a regular schedule, but for not I want to talk about sin.
Sin comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s sneaky, manipulative, can dress itself up quite nicely to not even look like sin….kind of like an imposter. I learned a lot from my son a few weeks back about sin. From the mind of a child. If you know my son, you know he is tender-hearted, sweet and mild-mannered. He has been known to be painfully shy, respectful and pensive. His big heart has a tendency to lie…something we are working through with God.
One day we discovered that he stole something from his teacher. The way it presented itself was almost as if he wanted to get caught. He lied at first, we gave him another opportunity to tell the truth and he did (it isn’t always that easy). He got several appropriate consequences, one of them being to write a letter of apology to his teacher. Here are a few quotes from his letter:
“Whatever religion you believe in, you still make mistakes…..Sometimes your brain goes wrong and you do something really bad. My brain went wrong and I saw something I really wanted. Instead of asking, I took it. I couldn’t admit (he spelled it “egmet”) that I was being dumb. I got scared and did not want to return it. That night I was not dumb anymore, but I got too scared to return it. I’m sorry for taking it.”
There were a few more details, but I thought this was such a simple way to describe our sin. We want what we want when we want it and will achieve it at any cost sometimes. “Our brain goes wrong,” reminds me of Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” It also remind me of Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
When the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, He will speak to our heart. At times, we chose not to listen…but then the Lord may quicken our spirit. My son felt like it was too late and got scared. We didn’t chastise him. He knew we were disappointed. He knows right from wrong. The consequences spoke for themselves and his letter of apology expressed his remorse perfectly. Sometimes our brain goes wrong. As adults, it’s not always as blatant. It manifests itself in behaviors, judgments or habits. That is all the more reason to gird up and fill our heart, soul and mind with God’s Truth on a daily basis so the spirit can defeat the flesh.