22 May “Is Sin Lying at Your Heart’s Door?”
Jeremiah 17:9 — “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?”
Many times people have announced to me, “Pastor, we are going to do this…” What they announce next may range from something positive and God honoring, to reckless abandonment and defiance against what God’s Word has to say.
Examples: “We are leaving this church.” (They may or may not have a valid reason for doing so.) Might I say, if you plan on leaving a church, please tell the pastor you are leaving and why you are leaving. Remember, pastors have been commissioned to have care over your soul. I sometimes ask people, when they come from another church, if they have spoken to the pastor of the church they are leaving, and what his response was to them.
“We are going to get married!” I think it is perfectly appropriate to ask, “Why?” “We are going to get a divorce!” Again, I believe it is the pastor’s responsibility to ask, “Why?”
Do you remember this passage from the Bible? Genesis 4:6, 7 — “So the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well will you not be accepted? And if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.’”
Sin always lies at the door to our heart. Anger and bitter resentment over everyday happenings in our lives is sin. Paul spoke to us: “And let the peace of God rule in your heart, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15. Paul warns us about allowing our hearts to have an absence of peace. There are two key words here: “Allowing” and “Rule”. We have the right and we can control how our hearts and spirit react to everyday situations.
The other day, a driver cut in front of me. It was really close to an accident. To further enhance the situation, he yelled at me through his open window. My first instinct was to respond in anger. We call it road rage, and people have been killed over such things. What shall I allow to rule my spirit and heart?
Recently, an incident happened that caused a considerable unexpected expense. Honestly, it shouldn’t have happened, but it did. At first, anger boiled to the surface. Then the voice of reason (my wife) spoke to me, “You need to let it go.” It took a couple days, but I did let it go. I told someone later, “I cannot afford to be a bitter, angry ‘man of God.’” How can I speak of hearts being ruled with peace, if I don’t show the example of peace?
Sin will continue to lay at my heart’s door. Thank God for His Holy Spirit that can convict us when we are wrong, so we don’t enter into sin!