Do you remember when you were young? Remember when you would get hurt? I sure do. I got hurt a lot. Most of the time it was because I was doing something I was told NOT to do, but pain affects us differently at different ages.
When my children were growing up I observed lots of things they did and learned all kinds of lessons from them. I think they taught me as much as I taught them. One thing I observed was their pain threshold. A child can not endure the same amount of pain that an adult can.
I remember my youngest son touching something metal that had been out in the sun and burned his hand, but when I touched it it was tolerable to me. Same thing with washing dishes. I could stand a lot hotter water than my children could because my hands were tougher and I had been used to heat longer than they had. The older you get the tougher your skin gets, and the more it can take.
I have been shaving for a lot of years. When I first started my face was tender and I got a lot of cuts. The aftershave would burn so bad at times I didn’t want to use it again. The more I used it though, the more tolerable it became. My face got used to it and built up a tolerance for pain. It was the same when I first started shaving my head. I put rubbing alcohol on it afterwards and I wanted to scream the first few times. Now it hardly bothers me at all.
Some people have chronic pain that never goes away. I have suffered from extreme back pain for almost 10 years now. At times it has been almost unbearable. After several years I came to grips with the fact I would never be free from pain again. I have learned to live with it and do what I have to, to deal with it.
I hate the pain. I don’t want it in my life, but I have become used to it. I no longer pray every day it will leave, like I used to. It has become part of my life that I have incorporated into my daily and nightly routines. I have decided there is nothing I can do to get free from pain.
This is how it is with sin. We know we’re not supposed to sin, and when we do it hurts. Baring the consequences, the pain is usually just emotional, but if we are faced with that temptation again it’s easier to give in, and it doesn’t bother us as much as it did the first time. Eventually, we are living in that sin, daily. We have made it part of our lives and we no longer pray daily to be free from it. We decide there is nothing we can do to get free.
The Bible says by looking at Jesus we become like him. (2 Corinthians 3:18) In the same way whatever bad things we look at, we become like that. Some will argue that this is not true, but we see it all the time. You become like the people you hang out with whether they are good or bad. My grandmother used to say they rub off on you. Ever hear the saying, “If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas?” Ever hear “to be successful you must surround yourself with successful people?” It’s common sense. What we do daily molds and shapes us into that very thing.
I know T.V. and movies aren’t all bad, but the entertainment industry have an agenda other than just entertaining us. If we watch things with cursing and sexual content over and over, we get desensitized and we barely notice it any more. Pretty soon, we let words slip that should never come out of our mouths ,and soon we are talking and acting just like the world.
Ever time we give in to temptation, it becomes easier to sin the next time that temptation comes. On the other hand, every time we resist temptation, it becomes easier to resist that temptation, the next time it comes.
We need to identify sin and call it by it’s name. There’s no such thing as a little sin. Sin is sin, and if we don’t identify it and stomp it out, it will take over our lives, and we won’t even know it until it’s too late.
We need to look at Jesus and get to know him by reading his word every day. We need to develop a close personal relationship with him, and not just talk to him, but listen to him as well. He will tell us when we do something wrong and he will change us into the people he wants us to be.
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