“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”” 2 Tim. 2:19
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
I figured out pretty quickly when I moved to New York City for a season for my ministry work that the sidewalks are sometimes too crowded and narrow to navigate myself and two paralyzed dogs in wheelchairs, and I thank God He led me to leash their wheelchairs together and walk like a parade of one of us behind another or at the very least me in front of the two of them walking virtually together. But imagine my surprise when I soon discovered I would be walking in front of them pulling paralyzed Mr. Simeon along directly behind me because he needed some help and all of a sudden the two dogs became almost impossible to pull. Something was holding them back, and I figured it was Mr. Simeon who in the past had some serious physical problems that sometimes caused him to stop. But no, it was paralyzed Miss Mercy! I would stop, turn around, and see she was digging her feet into the ground, putting on the brakes so to speak, refusing to budge. What was she doing? Why was she holding us up? The answer bears a big message for all of us.
I had never lived in a big city with them before, and I realized she would stop in her tracks as soon as she heard or saw a truck! She apparently HATED trucks! Imagine, a truck-hating handicapped dog! She didn’t just hate trucks. She was clearly petrified of them! It dawned on me that I had gotten her from a shelter after she had been hit by what I assumed to be a car, but most probably I realized now she had been hit by a truck! Or some big moving vehicle anyway! What does my handicapped truck-hating dog have to do with you and me?
Miss Mercy had been hit and terribly injured by a truck, it seemed, and now she knew instinctively to stay as far away from them as possible. She knew the danger of them! She knew better than to go running around in front of them like she had likely done some years ago. She had likely run off from her owner, if she had had one, and landed right in front of a dangerous and potentially deadly moving vehicle! What does this have to do with you and me? Every person who professes Jesus Christ as Lord needs to TURN AWAY FROM, to STAY AWAY FROM, to RUN THE OTHER WAY FROM the temptation of sin. Sin is dangerous and ultimately deadly. When we put our trust in Christ as Lord who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, we turn our lives over to Him and are to live for HIM, not for ourselves any longer. We should no longer be running after sin, but we should be running after Christ our Lord!
Like Miss Mercy who learned the hard way the danger of a truck, or car, and who now stays as far away from them as possible, we should have a hatred for temptation and sin and be petrified of it because we understand it hurts God dearly and comes with consequences with which we don’t want to have anything to do.