“Sin is progressive.” That’s what doctor Rosaria Butterfield writes in her book The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. “That is, while sin does not stay contained by type or trope, if ignored, excused, or enjoyed, sin grows and spreads like poison ivy.”
When it comes to sin, we often we employ the ostrich strategy. We stick our heads in the sand as if that will make our sinful behaviour go away. Or worse, we pretend it isn’t actually there.
But when we do that, it doesn’t vanish. It grows. And it gets itchier. And you want to keep on scratching it.
Like poison ivy.
That’s why you need to be honest with yourself and ask: What thoughts and behaviours are in my life that dishonour God and his will for me?
If you’re not sure, check the Bible since it’s the primary place where we learn about God’s will. After that, if you’re still unclear seek the counsel of a solid Bible teacher or experienced Christian.
I’d rather indulge in something that builds me up instead of breaks me down. Wouldn’t you?
“Sin is progressive. That is, while sin does not stay contained by type or trope, if ignored, excused, or enjoyed, sin grows and spreads like poison ivy.”
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is connected to my Sunday podcast called “Sponge.” You can listen in to the 21-minute message here. Enjoy!