“O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the slightest sin” (Psalm 5:4)
How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh, God won’t mind. It’s just a little sin.” People feel that as long as they don’t commit the big sins like murder, adultery or stealing, it is okay. God cannot condone even the smallest sin. We kid ourselves when we think we could get away with sinning only a little bit.
I have noticed that the closer you get to God the more sensitive to sin you become. It is as if God has removed the blinders from your eyes and you are able to see things clearly. Sin is ugly. As we grow spiritually, we begin to see it in its true form.
Years ago on a news broadcast I saw the trailer for a movie called, “Hostel” and I recoiled in horror. There were scenes of people being tortured out of sheer enjoyment. What disturbed me was hearing one moviegoer say how thrilled he was that there was so much nudity and violence in the movie. People might not think that there is anything wrong with going to see “Hostel.” They might say, “Come on, it’s just a movie.” The Bible advises us to, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honourable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8).
God cares about what we say, think, read, watch and listen to. I used to watch violent movies, horror movies but when I renewed my relationship with God, I stopped watching them. The closer you get to God, the more intolerable these things become. You become sensitive to sin. It is no longer okay to do certain things.
God makes us aware of the sins in our lives for a reason. He wants us to change. We can no longer plead ignorance or dismiss it as a harmless little sin. In His eyes sin is sin. God does not tolerate sin and neither should we.
Source: Strategic Renewal