February 14, 2020

Why have you despised the word of the Lord to do what is evil in his sight?  2 Samuel 12:9

Let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith.  Hebrews 12:1-2.

David, dearly beloved of the Lord, sinned grievously.  He committed adultery and murder.  God forgave him but not without punishment.  David’s child became ill and died.

We, as Christians, do not expect that kind of punishment for our sins.  We belong to Christ who gave his life to save us from those sins.  We are New Testament people, free from condemnation and reproach.  We can do what we like.

Whoa.  Some dangerous thinking there.  Of course we sin.  We live in a world where temptation surrounds us every day.  I wonder if it is easier to sin now than it was in the Old Testament days.  Perhaps not, who knows.  Regardless, we are imperfect human beings, just as the O.T. Folks were.

BUT, we have Christ.

Just because we are forgiven does not mean that we are not punished.  Our sins have consequences.  Those consequences are a result of our actions, thoughtless behavior, callous talk, pride, self-importance and more.  The difference is that God does not bring that punishment.  We bring it on ourselves.  We are free to love others and also to hurt others.

So, let us take the advice of the writer of Hebrews.  Let us put off the weight of our sin and look to Jesus.  Let us remember every day that we were baptized and washed clean.  Then let us “walk wet!”

Happy Valentine’s Day

Dear Savior,
You are love and we are made to love and be loved.  Thank you that we have choices.  Help us to keep our eyes focused on you.  Amen

Joan Perlich