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Our Nature

"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 nature.

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 our nature.

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)

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