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Weeds of "respectable sins"
Roger and I recently read a book entitled "Respectable Sins!" That seems like an odd title! Are there certain sins that we consider respectable? We rightly stand against murder and abortion. But I wonder if my "secret sins" offend God just as much as the big political sins. No, I'm not into pornography and I'm faithful to my husband, and I don't cheat on my income tax! But how about pride, selfishness, worry, covetousness, anger, and bitterness? It is shocking to realize that these sins of the heart, often invisible to others, grieve the Holy Spirit?
Because we have had more rain this summer than is typical, my grass is greener and my roses are thriving! But so are the weeds! The ones I pulled up last week have been replaced by twice as many this week! So I'm asking God to help me deal with my "respectable sins" which sprout like weeds! By His grace, I'm pulling up the roots of pride and worry and impatience and laziness and ingratitude.
Is there a root of bitterness creeping into your life that affects other areas of life--your friendships, your marriage, your church fellowship, or relationships at work? Maybe there needs to be some confession of harsh words, and reconciliation made. Maybe it is the weed of laziness that makes you procrastinate and put off things until you "get around to it." Call it what it is--confess it, pull it up by the root, and take action today.
Let's pray with the Psalmist, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23.24).