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Avoiding intentional sin

January 22, 2011

Avoiding intentional sin
Posted on January 12, 2011 by aaronschafersw
Readings for the day

Joshua 6-7, Acts 8, Hebrews 10, Proverbs 4, Psalm 97

Avoiding intentional sin

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” -Hebrews 10:23-29

I apologize in advance for any typos contained in this post. Also, the format may be a little funky. Currently my internet is not functioning on my laptop, and for some reason the text is not showing up on my i-pad as I type this post. Weird!

So, currently I am typing blind and loving every minute of it!

In today’s readings I was really struck by what was said in Hebrews. Sometimes Christians like to treat the sacrifice that Jesus made as some type of free pass to live ungodly lives. The reality of the situation is that God has called us to an incredibly high standard. God is aware that we are imperfect and that we will make frequent mistakes in our lives. That is why he had to send his son to pay the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. What we hear in Hebrews today, though, looks at this sacrifice in a different context.

In Hebrews they ask the question, “If God sent his son as an atonement for our sins, how much more angry do you think God is when we make no effort to turn from those sins?” I think it is a fair question.

God knows that we are not perfect, but he wants an effort. Hebrews today asks us to avoid the intentional sins. We are warned against actively choosing to live in sin, when we know that we are called to a higher standard. I think that this is an important message for all of us.

God desperately wants to have a close relationship with us. He wants it so badly that he was willing to send his son. God wants to forgive our mistakes. He wants to turn over a new leaf. With all of that being said, he doesn’t want his mercy to be taken advantage of.

We all have those friends who we have tried to help, only to have it thrown back in our face. Those people who end up thinking that we are in some way required to come to their every need, and are not even appreciative when we do. Sometimes I think that we can treat God that way. God has offered us this amazing gift, and sometimes it is easy to take it for granted, act in ways we know that we should not, and then assume that God will be right there where we left him.

I think at a certain point we risk our heart becoming so hardened towards God that we begin to not turn back.

So today, think through your own personal life. Are there any consistent sin areas that you have been holding onto? Are there any habits that have been hard to break?

Sometimes acknowledging these things and sincerely asking God for help is the first step in growing closer to God.

Verse of the day Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Sergeant First Class Henry
United States Army Retired

Passion drives perfection. If you don’t care about a task, it is unlikely that you’ll excel at it.

The Way of Life Church of Hanover Maryland

Abundant Life Church of Glen Burnie Maryland

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