Sexual sin is uniquely offensive because it distorts the reflection of God’s intimate relationship with his church reflected in marriage. Sexual sin is serious stuff and repentance is demanded. Now Jesus said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person” (Mark 7:20-23). Sexual immorality is in that list, but what about those other sins? What about angry tempers, hard-heartedness, unbelief, presumption? How about pride? Have I used my time wisely? What about failing to share the Gospel in the moment or being timid about my faith or right and wrong? What about the things I’ve omitted? Have I forgotten to extend justice, mercy, and love? Have I ever deceived another? Have I been untruthful in my dealings with others? Have my thoughts, words and deeds been pure? Have I coveted? Coveting is idolatry, saying I need God plus this or that. Have I hoarded or squandered the resources God has given me? Have I neglected God’s word or prayer? How have I limited God’s Spirit in affecting my life? And, what about the many sins I’ve forgotten? Please don’t hear this as a checklist of things we must do to please God. It’s not. It’s simple evidence that my heart is a mess and I need a Savior. Lord, hear me now and forgive me.
Seeking strength and courage in the hearts of men,
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