Sin has remained unchanged, although man has done his best to alter it. We’ve tried to dress it up with other names. We’ve put new labels on the same old bottle of poison. We’ve tried to whitewash the old barn and pretend it was another building. We’ve tried calling sin “errors” or “mistakes” or “poor judgment” but sin itself has stayed the same. No matter how we try to salve our conscience, we’ve known all along that men are still sinners and the results of sin are still disease, disappointment, disillusionment, despair and death.
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the LORD’S discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
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