Wrapped in shiny foil. . .

We had a scare during the night. I fell asleep in the recliner and bless his heart, Steve just let me sleep. Well, a little after midnight, I woke up to Rosie rattling something. I turned on the light to see what she had gotten into, and it was foil that once held a “chocolate orange.” Oh my, I ran to the bedroom and woke Steve up to find out how much chocolate was in that foil. He said that he’d eaten the orange, but the “crumbs” were still in the bottom. Well, I knew that dogs are not supposed to eat chocolate, so I got online to see what to do. Guess what? It’s very toxic and with her being such a small dog, it could be very serious. So, she got the privilege of drinking a little watered down peroxide which induced vomiting. She was so sick. But, this morning, she is raring to go! You’d never know that she was so sick just a few hours earlier. The chocolate which looked, smelled, and tasted so good could have killed her.

At the same time – isn’t that what sin does. The sin of commission is when we do things that are sinful. Oh, they may be wrapped in shiny foil – so pretty. It has the appearance of making you richer, more popular, or even smarter. You may think that this one sin won’t make that much difference – “It’s so much fun! You only live once, you know!” And yet, “the wages (consequences) of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

You might be committing the sin of omission by not doing what you’ve been commanded to do – like not gathering with the church on the Lord’s Day to partake of the Lord’s Supper and participate in worship and praise. Perhaps you think – “What I do or don’t do is my business,” and yet, others are watching and your children and your children’s children may be lost because of your example.

Peter describes the devil “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8b). Satan already has “the world,” he’s looking for YOU! We are to “Be sober, be vigilant” (I Peter 5:8a). Hang in there. We are not alone! Oh, how we are simply blessed. Courtney

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