Wow… No duh! Or, said another way, a “Blinding Flash of the Obvious!”
There was something buried in my pastor’s message yesterday. It was almost incidental because his message wasn’t on this at all…not even on addiction, but more on angels…the passage was Hebrews 1: 5-14. The message was great, but this little zapper was hiding in it all.
He said something along the lines of how as Christians, we so often view our job as merely *avoiding* sin. Then we continue to looking longingly at what we *wish* we could do…that thing we are *avoiding*–that sin. We may abstain from it, but we long for it. He pointed out that to be Christ-like we will not just *avoid* sin…we will *hate* sin.
Using my own application, it isn’t just about how “Whew, I have eaten fairly consistently 0-5 for the past 3 months and have lived to tell about it!” But it is more about the attitude of “I will eat 0 – 5 for the rest of my life and never look back! I will LOVE it!”Romans 12: 9 says “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
Sin is evil. Am I *hating* sin? Or am I longing to be able to do it and just “disciplining” myself not to?
Whoo…this is a whole new level for me…I am no where close to there.
(Suddenly, Pam’s prayer request is making more and more sense…to have JOY in it!)