A Perfect Character

seed:

God is neither indifferent to sin nor regards it lightly.

                                                                                                Vines Expository Dictionary

 

Note: I always like to ask rhetorical questions just as I open a post. Rhetorical of course meaning a question that is “asked not for an answer, but for an effect” (Oxford Dictionary). And rhetoric? It is “language designed to persuade or impress” (from the same source). I write this as an explanation. My intent is not to impress, unless it is to impress something God has put on my heart, it is to persuade. The questions are designed not to elicit an answer necessarily, but to make you think about an element of the seed before you read the rest of the post. Having said that, I return to my daily scheduled blog post. Thank you for your indulgence.

What do you think you can get away with? Were you always a good liar? I used to think I was until I grew up and realized that kids give themselves away even as they lie. Take this example from the February 15, 2017 article in the devotional “Our Daily Bread”:

Mom noticed four year-old Elias as he scurried away from the newborn kittens. She had told him not to touch them. “Did you touch the kitties, Elias?” she asked. “No!” he said earnestly. So Mom had another question: “Were they soft?”  “Yes,” he volunteered, “and the black one mewed.”

Poor Elias. In his four year-old brain, he was still covered. Hopefully mom dealt out some discipline with love and didn’t just let him off because she thought his response cute.

So how does that relate to the seed I have planted in your minds today? God looks at us with compassion, as a parent does, but He also looks at us in justice and judgement. When we tell an innocent little “white lie” and look at our Father batting our eyes and saying “sowwy”, He doesn’t think it’s cute. God is not interested in our childishness or our cuteness, He is interested in our character.

Sin is serious business. It is the antithesis of what God desires our reaction, our character, to be. Christ called Satan the father of lies (John 8:44). If we lie, if we sin, we are giving Satan the place he desired (read Ezekiel 28). We are putting Him ahead of God.

Thus, the Vines Dictionary rightly says that God does not view sin “lightly”. As with a parent who wishes the best for His children, God takes our sin very seriously.

So what is your response? Do you confess your sins, all of them (sins of commission and omission) or do you “regard” them “lightly”.

One more thing. David Jeremiah gave me a good way to end this post when he said,

“Since your Heavenly Father chose you to be a part of His eternal family, live up to that calling today by asking Him to reproduce His character in your life.”

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