My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:1-6 (NIV)
It is freezing cold here in Iowa. So cold, I can’t get it off my mind. Why should the believer avoid sin? Sin is cold. Sin changes things. Yesterday, in spite of a coat and gloves, my fingers turned white and got stiff after a few short minutes in the cold. This morning as I took supper out of the freezer, I thought of the effects of continued cold.
A few weeks ago, I placed soft, room temperature, raw meatballs in the freezer. Today, I put rock-hard, stuck together, frozen meatballs in the crock-pot. The cold of the freezer changed those once pliable meatballs into hard, frozen balls of meat. The change wasn’t instantaneous. I can tell because a few of the meatballs are “meat ovals” that got smashed by other food in the freezer. The cold of the freezer changed the soft meatballs into frozen meatballs one layer at a time.
Yesterday my cold finger ached. Being cold is uncomfortable. After continued exposure, the cold damages living tissue and it stops hurting. That is frostbite, and that is bad.
Do Not Let Sin Affect Your Heart
Sin is like the cold, continued sin in the life of the believer changes the believer—bit by bit. The final result of the overexposure is a frozen heart and spirit; a heart that is hard and unfeeling toward others and a spirit that is cold toward God.
That is the danger of unaddressed sin in the life of the believer—a cold, unloving spirit.
Stay close to the warmth of God’s love. When the twinge of sin’s coldness catches your attention –repent—repent and warm up in the light of God’s love. Stay close to the warmth of God’s love.
Don’t give unaddressed sin the opportunity to freeze your heart.
Father, Thank You for the promise of forgiveness. When sin begins to chill my heart, lead me to repentance. Help me to recognize the coldness of the sin I might easily dismiss. Teach me to stay close to the warmth of Your love for me.