Read it!: Amos 1
For three sins of Damascus, even for four,
I will not turn back my wrath…
(vs 3 and repeated)
Think it through:
Amos starts out with a bang, doesn’t he? He lets us know that God does get tired of our repeated sin.
Because of Christ’s sacrifice, God has promised to forgive us over and over, but that doesn’t give us the freedom to ignore his laws and commands. He does get frustrated and angry with us when we do wrong, particularly when we know better.
If you’re a parent, you have a rough idea of what God’s saying here. Our kids disobey us over and over in the same ways even when they know better. We struggle with our impatience and frustration, but we never stop loving our children. In the same way, God is grieved and angered by our repeated sin, but He never stops loving us.
What repeated sins are in my life now? Overeating and then feeling uncomfortable in my clothes. Wasting time on frivolities, staying up too late, and then feeling tired and out of sorts the next day. Being selfish and then missing a certain closeness with my loved ones. When I do these things, there are obvious consequences… yet I do them anyway.
I can resolve again to do better, and ask the Lord for help.
Live it like you mean it:
What would be on your repeated sin list? What are the clear consequences of those actions? What can you do to take a stand against these sins? Take a moment to write a few goals today.
I’m planning to stay on my Weight Watcher points for an entire month, to say “no” to Pinterest after 9pm, and to really relax and enjoy talking with my family at dinner, rather than being distracted by my to-do list and messy kitchen. Those are my great goals, but I know I can’t do it alone!
Lift it up:
Lord, I’m sorry that I have grieved you with my repeated sins. I want to do better for You, and for my family and my ministry. Please help me to eat in a healthy way, spend my time wisely, and be generous with my spirit. I can’t do it alone. Amen.
Tell Me About It:
I’d love to hear a goal or two from you—inspire me, Friends!
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