Hey friends, I promised you some devotion-themed posts, so here you go 🙂 Now, don’t misunderstand the post title. There are NO sins that we ought to respect or give any sort of credit. However, Jerry Bridge’s book, Respectable Sins, talks about sins that are overlooked on a daily basis, thinks that we give some sort of respect by ignoring them and letting them stay in our life, not realizing their wickedness. Below is a list of just some of this type of sin.
Ungodliness: whoahhh that’s broad, but it’s true. Ungodliness is not pursuing God in every area and tiny little corner of your life. Let’s face it-we all struggle with this one.
Anger: being mad at anyone or anything because they/it affects you negatively. Proverbs 29:22 says, “A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.”
Lack of Self-Control: You may be thinking, “Lack of Self-Control? A sin?!?!?” Yup. Ever let your tongue run away with you? Ever get angry and fight back? Ever leave too little food for whoever is behind you? Proverbs 25:28 says, “A man without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” When we don’t have self-control, it becomes all the more easy for Satan to find a foothold in our lives.
Discontentment. It is sooo easy to take things for granted and then be discontent when they’re taken away. What are you discontent about? God has given you exactly what you need right now to glorify him. Everything he has given you is grace. Be content!
I’ll stop at just four, let me know if you’d like more in another post. But I do encourage you to take a look at your own life and find the common sins that you often excuse or overlook. Dealing with these sins we’ve lived with for so long can be challenging. Try taking one day, finding one “Respectable Sin”, repenting of it, and practicing living without it. Pray for grace-you won’t get far without falling back into the same sins if the Holy Spirit doesn’t work in your heart.
If you have time, I definitely recommend reading Respectable Sins. It’s a wonderful book!
Talk to you again soon-I have some fun posts planned!