I had this question in mind today:
What if external sin is an outlet for internal sin to express itself?
My “just thinking” thoughts about that:
What if the reason I can not handle when other people sin against me is that it ignites sin in me? Sin begets sin. That’s what it does. Its end is death.
- Death to relationships.
- Death to the tenderness of the heart.
- Death to the willingness to obey God.
- Death to everything because sin doesn’t play by the rules.
Sin consumes everything in its path.
Most of the time as seen through observation of myself and others, we don’t confess when sin is on fire within us. Rather we defend and justify further deepening its hold on our souls and hearts.
Just the other day I was talking with a close friend. She made the statement that it is so nice to have a friend to talk to in the Lord. That through this relationship she doesn’t feel pent up on the inside with unexpressed things. What if that is a key? Godly relationships!
Some of the darker, deeper, more embarrassing kinds of sins that we would normally hide and sweep under the rug get brought into the light in this kind of relationship.
Eph 5:13-14But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
What if the sin that gets buried alive makes us like the walking dead? It ends up coming out sideways in anger and hatred toward others as we continue to hide what is in our hearts and minds because we won’t be honest and call out sin for what it is.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Jesus wants us to be His! He gave His life for that. What if healing begins on the other side of getting real and telling someone the hidden things we’ve been holding on to. When we do this and then pray it through in the righteousness we have in Christ. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
We walk away clean. How long has it been since you felt that way in your soul? Maybe it’s time to find someone to walk alongside with you so that you both can wash each other’s feet, meaning “wash away the dirt” from where you’ve walked and where you’ve been. OH! All those thoughts running through your mind about being judged and there’s no one to trust. Could that also be sin’s little device called pride keeping you from the freedom found in Christ?
All is grace,