By: Darrelyn L. TuttDo sins have a pecking order?Are some sins regarded as worse than others? Sophia expresses concern about 'her' sin, convinced that 'hers' are more offensive, objectionable, and unforgiveable than others.Sophia's past is, not surprisingly, an unruly tangle of affliction and addiction steeped in grotesque surroundings, and causing deep misgivings.Discomfort, fear, and paranoi have tainted the beautiful grace and forgiveness of God, and so has the church.What can be offered, in the way of comfort, to the "Sophia's" in our midst?Hmmm ...------ Proverbs 6:16-19 comes to mind.It goes like this:"These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among the brethren."Proverbs 6:16-19The word 'abomination' is a heavy word.Its usage retains an almost unheralded and incomprehensable sense of evil, darkness, and depravity. It breeds a sinister forecast of eternal damnation and separation whose closest word cousin might be 'blaspheme'.But read the above passage aloud once more, and seriously consider whether the 'abominable' sins are anything but fairly common to each and all of us (at least the majority.)Lies, pride, and a roving tongue are written and recorded here as 'abominations' to God.Have "your" sins ever made it onto the 'abominable' list?Hmmm ...Do we not think it curious all of the "grotesque sins" that don't make the list?*The word "abomination" ought to make us shudder with good reason.It's linked to a future forecast with a future Anti-Christ:"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whose readeth, let him understand,) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains."Matthew 24:15In truth,An "abomination" is actually linked with idolatrous forms of sin that divide from God:Sins which exalt and glorify self;Sins which idolize and deify self.Sins which rob God of His majesty, prominence, and presence in our lives.------Sophia and I counter the list of "abominations" with contrasts.-The opposite of pride is brokenness and humility, of which Sophia is overflowing with.-The opposite of a lying tongue is a repentant and truth-telling tongue, which is what Sophia is exposing and telling.-Hands that were used to perform evil acts are now performing compassionate acts, which Sophia is now participating in.-A heart that was once filled with evil imaginations is exposing itself continually to God's precious and pure word, of which Sophia is soaking herself generously in.-Feet that were previously engaged in all kinds of mischief have turned to do good and serve others most notably, of which Sophia is a daily participant.-Lips that were speaking evil of both self and others are now speaking to the edification and good of others and to the glory of God, which Sophia is very much engaged in.-Discord sowed among the brethren has been replaced with a desire to become a member of the family of God, of which Sophia longs to be a part of.-----Sophia is a beautiful child of God who is loved by God, forgiven by God, and already extolling the virtues of His presence at work and alive within.The realities revealed to us through this precious passage do nothing but exonerate both of us through the precious and powerful blood of Christ.How blessed we are,How confident we can be;That our sins are forgiven, And we are free.-----"In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."Ephesians 1:7Hold fast, dear Reader.Hold fast.
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