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You know, I've been thinking about sin ...

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Scarlett O., Jun 27, 2015.

  1. Scarlett O.

    Scarlett O. Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2002
    ....my own, not anyone else's. Well, and I guess sin in general.

    I've been thinking about Psalm 51 a lot lately in connection with myself. It's such a beautiful psalm and powerful. I like reading it when I get to feeling uppity and that I'm not so bad as the next guy. It always takes that feeling away.

    My usual response to that chapter is one of relief. Relief of confession of sin and the relief of God's love and mercy to sinners.

    But lately, last week specifically, I got another impression that wasn't so relieving.

    David's genuine confession and humble stance before a Holy God was a good thing ....

    ...but it didn't bring Uriah back or restore Bathsheba's honor as Uriah's wife. And it didn't prevent God from executing justice. "But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die."

    We don't sin in a vacuum and our sins have far more extensive consequences that we like to admit. No one's sin "only harms themselves". We like to justify our sin by thinking, "I'm not hurting anyone" or "No one really knows, so it's OK".

    I've have some of my own sin affect others grievously. I don't need to go into all of that. Who could understand that sin's vines and tendrils grow and grow like that.

    David repented like man after God's own heart. But Uriah stayed murdered. Bathsheba stayed dishonored and exploited. And that baby died by God's own will.

    Makes me wonder just how far my own sin reaches into the lives of others.
  2. Bro. Curtis

    Bro. Curtis <img src =/curtis.gif>

    Oct 25, 2001
    Yup. I've seen mine first hand. No doubt. Something to keep in mind.
  3. Use of Time

    Use of Time Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2014
    This is a nice post. The insidious nature of sin can cause us to remain in a constant state of sin without even realizing at times and then it's such a big moment when God shines a light on it. These are the times where I've felt the most spiritual growth.
  4. annsni

    annsni Administrator

    May 30, 2006
    Having just dealt with a grievous sin of a dear friend, it really makes me look deep inside of me and while I say "I'd never do that!", what else am I harboring in my heart? What else am I loving more than Christ? What else has become a god in my life instead of the One who bought me?

    It is really humbling, isn't it?
  5. Melanie

    Melanie Active Member

    Nov 21, 2002
    Amen to that Annsni! Just had a surgical procedure and having a tendency to catastrophe things, have had a good hard look at myself. It is salutary to recognise how utterly dependent on God's mercy I am.