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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Falling Into Sin

"If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally ... and realizes his guilt, or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat ... for his sin which he has committed."
~ Leviticus 4:27-28 (ESV)

Give praise to the One who is able to keep you from falling into sin. He will bring you into his heavenly glory without any fault. He will bring you there with great joy.
~ Jude 24 (NIrV)

I've put my foot in my mouth enough times to make an art of it, and well understand giving unintentional offense. I also know the hurt from a careless word or action. The real pain comes when the offense is made known and the offender expresses neither guilt nor remorse.

Falling into sin can be unintentional. It still offends God, it is still sin, it still begs repentance. Few of us relate to unintentional sin costing us a goat. What if the cost was your dog or your cat? Forfeiting laptop/cell phone/Blackberry? Suffering high blood pressure/headache/stomach distress? For what price would the cost of unintentional sin motivate one to become more careful?

Praise God that He can prevent us from falling into sin and suffering its many consequences. Praise God that His thorough sanctification enables us to joyfully enter His presence without fault.

Lord and Father, we've caused You much and great sorrow with our sin. How much more so with the sin of which we're ignorant! Thank You for Your forgiveness by the blood of Jesus. Thank You for the power from Your Holy Spirit to keep from falling into sin which grieves You.

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  1. Thank You Lord for picking me up, everytime I fall.

  2. Thank God for the holy work of sanctification! In this life I will strive to do what honors Him. In the next life--I can't wait to escape this sin that so easily entangles!

  3. Thank you for your wonderful post. It is important to be aware of our actions at all times. I too cannot wait for a sin-free eternity!


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