• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Sin Less, Not Sinless

"A father and his 10 year old son, were driving to school one day when they came to a hilltop. Below was a valley where they could usually see a neighbor's farm but now it appeared to be a great cloud.

A heavy fog had moved in and was like a solid wall. The boy said, 'Dad, look. You can't even see the house because the fog is so thick. I'll tell you right when we drive into the fog.' The boy watched closely so he could determine when he went from the clear into the fog. They kept going when all of a sudden they saw the neighbor's house. The boy was surprised. He really couldn't tell when they had entered the fog.

The father told the boy to look behind them. When he did, he discovered that they were in the middle of the fog. The boy asked when they got into the fog. He was watching and didn't notice.

They drove out of the fog and traveled in a comfortable silence. Then the boy said thoughtfully, 'That's kinda like sin isn't it Dad? If you get too close to it you can get into the middle of it without even knowing it.'"

We need to be careful when we fool around with sin. If we don't we may end up in the middle of it without even realizing it. Sin is straying away from God's way. When anything entices you that is not holy or pure, pull away immediately. Pray that God will make you uncomfortable enough to thoroughly reject it. Recognize this temptation as a spiritual battle. Recognize that it is Satan working on you.

God loves us and does not want us to sin. He knows we are not sinless but he wants us to be sorry for ours sins and ask for forgiveness. Our sins, no matter how big or small to us, can be forgiven. We must simply confess our sins, turn from them and ask for forgiveness. Psalm 32: 5, "Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.' And you forgave the guilt of my sin." We will never be sinless but we can sin less.

Galatians 5: 24, "And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." The strength for our victory over sin is through Jesus Christ. He wants us to call on Him when temptation comes. Billy Graham said it is like the little girl who said that when the devil came knocking with a temptation, she just sent Jesus to the door. What is knocking at our door?

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