It was an oversight on my part. I was about to say grace before my private dinner but I was distracted by something on the television. It was not until later that evening, hours after the meal, did I realize that I neglected to give thanks to God for my meal. Alone with my thoughts, I had the following internal exchange.
“Don’t worry about it. God will understand!” I told myself.
“How do you know that?”
“Well, wouldn’t you forgive this if someone else did the same?”
“Yes, but that is not the same. I know what is right and I didn’t do it.”
“Worry about the bigger sins you commit. This one is small.”
Why do I think that God will view my life with the same perspective that I do? If I think a sin is small, perhaps it can be overlooked and excused. But what about an egregious sin? At what point does a sin become significant? Am I asking a nonsensical question? Once again, God gives me the answer.
So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:13-16 (NLT)
Sin is sin. All sin is an affront to God. However there are varying consequences for sins. If I knowingly run a red light, the consequences are less than if I robbed a bank. Once I head down the slippery slope of excusing smaller sins, it is only a matter of time before I begin excusing sins with more dire consequences.
God made us in His image. He intends us to be holy because He is holy. When I return to my old sinful ways and rationalize my sins, I am making God in my image. I dishonor and disobey God, satisfying my own desire instead of seeking His will.
God will understand?
No! I don’t understand. How desperately I need my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.