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Even thou wast as one of them- Obadiah 1:11
How often can we say this of ourselves? This is a battle daily that I fight in my own life, oh how sweet it is to be delivered from my sins. When we sin as Christians, Spurgeon points out that “we sin with an emphasis; ours is a crying offence, because we are so peculiarly indulged.” Peculiarly indeed. We should know better, right? “Much forgiven, much delivered, much blessed, much instructed, much enriched, much blessed,” by our Savior Jesus Christ, so then, “shall we dare to put forth our hand unto evil? God Forbid!”
Ah yes, easier said than done, isn’t it? Praise Him for his mercy upon our souls. Just because we are Christians doesn’t make us exempt from these peculiar indulgences. But if we strive to love Him with all of our souls and all of our might and lean upon His strength and not upon ours, this indulgence will certainly become less and less, or at least we will become more conscious of our behavior, through our understanding of how Great our God is.
“Be honest with thine own soul, and make sure that thou art a new creature in Christ Jesus…” We don’t want anyone to say that we are as one of them. We are saved by His grace and are destined to spend eternity with Him. We don’t want to share in the unbelievers fate, so why do we act like them here, in this life? My prayer for all of us today is that we side with eachother and lift one another up and not fall on the side of the world. Have a blessed day!