DayBreaks for 6/28/16 – The Skeleton Is You
Galen is on vacation. From the DayBreaks archive, June 2006:
I find the concept of “deadly sins” intriguing. I’m not poking fun at those who promote the idea of deadly sins versus what appear to be “non-deadly” ones, but I just don’t find the concept in Scripture. In fact, quite the contrary is true – it seems to me that all sins are of the deadly variety. Some may have wider-ranging consequences than others – either for ourselves or for others – but consequences being what they may, every sin is deadly because every sin has the power to separate us from God for eternity.
Now I understand that when Christ died, he paid the price for our sins, and that for those who have accepted him through faith and obedience to the gospel, the penalty for our sin has been removed. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t deadly sins. As Jesus – they were certainly deadly to Him.
Still, I found this from Frederick Buechner to be an interesting perspective on one of the so-called “deadly sins”: “Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back—in many ways it is a feast fit for a king.
“The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” – Frederick Buechner
How true is that?!?! Anger consumes us from the inside out until all that is left is a skeleton.
Are you handling your anger in a Godly way, or do you need to confess that the way you’ve been dealing with it has been consuming you?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we confess to you that we all harbor some anger in our hearts for the hurts and slights that we’ve suffered or perceived against us. Help us to see how deadly anger is, not only for our own well-being, but for those against whom our anger burns. Teach us to be like you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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