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"What did the preacher
talk about this morning?" the mother asked her young son. "I
don't know, I think it was sin," replied the little boy. "What
did he say about it?" "I'm not really sure, but I'm pretty sure
he was against it." Preachers do talk about sin a lot. It's their
Pine trees have a beautiful
smell and majestic appearance, but their sound is rather plain. I love
to hear the wind rustle through the leaves of Colorado's aspen trees. It
ranks right up there with listening to the waves beating down a sandy shore
or the sound of the dinner bell.
Aspen trees have tall, slender
trunks that grow straight toward the sun. On a steep mountainside, if your
point of reference is the ground, they look like they are growing crooked,
but they aren't, they are straight trees. It's their nature.
I suppose that's the way
we are with sin. Aspen trees point straight up to the sky, dogs chase after
bones, pigs head for the mud hole and people gravitate toward sin. It's
Have you ever noticed that
you don't have to teach a child to disobey?
Where do they learn that?
It takes forever to potty-train them, a staff of teachers to teach them
to read, and a zillion years for them to learn table manners, but you never
have to spend a single moment teaching them to sin. Why is that?
Sin is really easy to pick
up; we come by it naturally. It is too bad that it is harder to get rid
of than it is to acquire. It takes more than preaching against it; it requires
our repentance and Christ's forgiveness.
When we repent, we turn from
sin and towards Christ. When we do, we find forgiveness from our past and
the freedom not to sin for our future. It's supernatural.
But if we confess our sins
to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every
wrong. (1 John 1:9 NLT)