Seen vs. unseen

Happy Friday everyone.

I want to write a short bit on something I’ve been struggling with lately.  Why do Christians seem to care so much more about sins you can see?  Here’s what I mean.  I think it’s fair to say that we’d be much more upset with someone who compulsively lied to our face that someone who we really liked but was secretly gossiping about us behind our back and we never found out.

I really struggle with this.  I think a lot of the most powerful sins are ones no one can see.  Disagree?  Pride, lust, greed, hatred, racism, etc.  These things start in the heart, where no one can see them.  They come out sometimes in disguises, or sometimes they don’t come out at all.  But they’re still sins.

So, as you struggle with sins of others, first check your heart and be reminded of any sins you are currently struggling with.  Second, just because someone has overcome an “outward” sin, or something you know about, it doesn’t mean you should stop praying against any sin that may be hidden beneath the surface.

In all things, in all ways, may we seek to be full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and other fruits of the spirit.  May these flow out of us as our inner nature conforms to Christ.  And may our outward actions reflect our inwardly changing heart.

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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