Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"Don't Sin"

"Don't sin" is a phrase which has become part of my thinking processes. The idea is to 'check' yourself by saying it to yourself just before you do something or say something that would be sinful in God's eyes and hurtful to others.

I picked up this phrase after listening to another pastor teach on it and I can't tell you how many times it has helped me "think before I act or speak". I can't tell you how many times over the last few months this little phrase has stopped me from doing or saying something I would regret.

Today I read about this same concept in the life of a guy who was amazing..."In all this, Job did not sin." (Job 1:22 ESV)

In all of about 48 hours, Job faced the loss of his family, his possessions, his job and his health. The only thing he still had left was a not-so-supportive wife who was telling him to "curse God and die!" Of all the people I know, Job had every reason to do or say something that might be considered sinful...and I'm pretty sure others would excuse him in doing so.

If Job didn't sin as he faced his issues, why do I struggle so much when I face my 'minor' setbacks?

Thinking about Job causes me to tweak my phrase a little...
"Don't sin--Job didn't"