Daily Delight

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Not long after I became a Christian, I felt God’s wrath descend upon me after I committed a sin. I overlooked what His Word said about this particular sin and put my needs first. His wrath taught me such a hard lesson that I was on my hands and knees confessing my wrong and pleading for forgiveness.

Have you ever experienced a deep regret for a past sin? What’s worse is when the world tells you that you didn’t sin—in fact, what you did was completely acceptable. That’s how Satan deceives us

Take purity, for example. My fiancé and I have committed to stay pure until we’re married. However, just because we’ve made this commitment, doesn’t mean our struggle isn’t real. Wouldn’t it be easier to stay over at his place after spending the evening together? Before we’re married, doesn’t it make sense to move in together to really see if we can live with one another and also save money along the way? The world tells me yes. My Father tells me no.

But so many people in this world are doing what they please, and they’re good people. So, can it really be that bad of a sin? When I start comparing, I recall this verse in the gospel of John when Peter asks Jesus how John is going to die.

Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me,’” (John 21:22, NIV).

Too often, we are influenced by how others are living their lives. Why can’t we go about our lives the same way? Because Jesus only wants us to concern ourselves with what He thinks, and take up our cross and follow Him. Deep down, we as believers know this—we just get sidetracked sometimes.

Then he adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more,’” (Hebrews 10:17, NIV).

When you succumb to the pressures of the world, take comfort that after you repent and are forgiven, He will never again remember your sins—they’re forgotten. After all, He is the Lord of mercy, the one who sent His Son into the world to bear the weight of those same earthly temptations.

About the Author

Lindsay Weiskittel≫ ≫ Raised in the Mitten state, Lindsay’s love for the written word began at a very young age—in fact, you could often find her with a pad of paper, penning what she dreamed would someday become the next great American novel. After graduating college, a new adventure awaited in NYC, where she pursued a career in book publishing. Almost four years later, God called her back home to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she currently resides and works as a writer and editor. Many things bring Lindsay joy these days, including fellowship with her friends, cheering on the Michigan State Spartans, the perfect cup of Earl Grey tea and planning a wedding with the amazing man God designed for her.


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