As a child, I could look from my upstairs window and watch the neighborhood kids playing in the yards and street below. I had such pity for them. They probably didn’t even know they were going to hell.
As I grew older and walked down the halls of my Junior and Senior High Schools, I was careful to avoid any contact with the sinners. Attending school functions with them was strictly forbidden. The scripture said to “come out from among them and be ye separate”. I had that one down pat.
In church twice on Sunday and once in the middle of the week, I mingled with adults who knew they were going to heaven. After all, only members of our denomination would make it there.
Proverbs 16:5: “The Lord despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished.”
Pride is a sin. Ouch!
My church made it clear that drinking, smoking, and drugs were sins. Sitting in the pew, watching a 300 pound preacher declare that “your body is the temple of God and it is up to you to take care of it”, I wondered (in fear and trembling) if there wasn’t something wrong with being that heavy.
My life was not pleasant. And I had been taught by my church and family that to crave food for comfort was ok. At 5’ 4”, weighing over 200 pounds was certainly not taking care of my temple. But at least it wasn’t a sin.
Or was it?
1 Peter 4:3: “You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy…feasting”.
Gluttony is a sin. Ouch!
As a young married couple, we made friends with another young couple. As we got to know them, we discovered many things about their life…when they married…when their four children were born. I pondered the information and realized that they had not gotten married quite soon enough for that first child.
Sitting around a dinner table one evening, the names of that young couple came up. I didn’t point out the error of their ways; I just stated when they got married and when their first child was born.
A few days later I received a very tearful phone call from the young lady. She no longer wished to be my friend. And why had I felt the need to share that she had to get married?
Proverbs 10:18: “…..to slander is to be a fool”.
Gossip is a sin. Ouch!
Sin…persistent, habitual doing of wrong.
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