Good Morning October 3

Actions have consequences. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Tipping Point uses the illustration of a butterfly stirring its wings in Japan, in some, even very small, way affects the air where we are. This is the lesson God teaches us about sin. Sin has its consequences. “Oh, but it was only a little fib. It didn’t hurt anyone.” ” What I do in private is nobody’s business. I’m not hurting anyone.” “Insurance companies have more money than I do. So what if my claim was inflated a bit?” We have all manner of rationalizations, but that doesn’t change the truth that sin has its consequences. We want the action, but we don’t want the consequences. Even if no one ever knows; even if no one is hurt, there are still consequences to the heart. Sin separates us from our Lord who loves us. He gave the life of His Son in atonement for our sins, for all sins. When we willfully sin we are taking the burden of sin back on ourselves, turning our backs on the cross. The only remedy for a clean heart as well as a clean life is turning again in repentance, and hearing again Jesus’ words of forgiveness. “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”(I John 1:9)