As Christians, we seek to honor God in every area of our lives and it often disappoints us when we fail to do it. But we know how His grace helps us to get through with our failures. We know that God is forgiving and good – but the sad thing is that we sometimes abuse it. There are many things we do in order to live on our own and pretend we’re living for Him. We have revealed our own foolishness.
We lower down the standard of God regarding sin. We believe it is okay to watch movies with dirty scenes and reason out that it just last for seconds and won’t do any harm to us. But what’s the logic of this? I mean, what’s the difference of this from adultery that we allow it to come in? Sin is sin no matter how big or small it may seem.
Lying with Less Guilt
We lie because we want to cover up our sins, maintain our reputation or hide our guilt. We know it’s wrong that’s why we make a way – we tell half of the truth. What is the result of this? Guilt is lessened. It’s easier to repent. Sin made lighter. We fool ourselves.
Telling half of the truth is still lying. God does not want us to practice this kind of foolishness. We probably stop when we get caught! Well, we’re already caught. There’s nothing we can hide from God and there’s nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. (Luke 8:17).
Adjusting the Gospel to Fit our Size
When our clothes does not fit our size, we go to tailors to do the adjustments so we can wear it comfortably. Here’s the thing, we Christians sometimes adjust the gospel to fit to us. We are uncomfortable letting ourselves adjust! It disturbs us. It identifies our wrongs and keeps us accountable.
1. Mr. X pursued a relationship with Ms. Y although he knows it is not honorable to God. He reasons out, “I’m in love and God knows it, He would understand!”
Being in love has never been an exception not to pursue godly-relationships. God’s command to pursue a godly-relationship is not limited on how we feel. It’s what God says, and what He says, we follow.
2. Mr. A is so desperate to have a girlfriend. He doesn’t want to wait for GPT (God’s Perfect Timing). He reasons out, “I will choose the girl for me and God will delight on my choice.”
God will choose the perfect person for you and you must delight on it. For God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). And we know that God cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). He doesn’t want us to go on our own way and at the end, fail.
These are some of the things we do in order to live a double-life. We say we have a relationship with God but we cannot give up our worldly desires and wisdom. God wants us to give it all to Him. And until we accept that we will always go back to the cycle of sin and dishonor God.