Removing The Slivers of Sin

A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Galatians 5:9 (NKJV)

I have a good friend who had injured a finger a few years ago by having a large wood splinter make its way deep into his flesh.  He attempted to get it out but eventually he had to go to the doctor’s office.  They opened it up and thought they had cleaned it sufficiently but it continued to become infected and worsened — they had missed a piece of the wood.   

Several weeks passed and several rounds of doctor’s appointments where multiple doses of antibiotics were prescribed.  Occasionally it would appear as if it was getting better, but the infection ultimately made its way to the bone.  The urgency and danger of the situation was not to be taken likely, and he was admitted to the Hospital.  The following morning a portion of his finger was removed.   

Even though it appeared to be a very aggressive approach to stopping the damage and to bring about healing, it was exactly what was needed.  If the infection had continued it would have spread to the whole body and would have resulted in certain death.  Within a week the finger was doing amazingly better, and the healing was evident for all to see. 

As I thought about this I couldn’t help but think how this was a perfect picture of how sin affects our lives as well.  It starts as a little sliver of sin within our flesh, but it soon begins to bring infection, as our spiritual body wants it out of our physical lives. If it remains in our life it will wreak havoc upon our Christian walk — potentially costing us great harm. If sin is left untreated it will bring about certain death as well.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NKJV)  

Thankfully, God loves us enough to have given us the only remedy for our sin — it is His Son Jesus. We are forgiven of our sin once we have repented and confessed Jesus as Lord, but we must also guard ourselves from the sin that once easily ensnared us.  God will help us to overcome every stronghold including doing whatever is needed to remove the slivers of sin — even if it means cutting away some part of our life to save our soul.  Jesus put this in proper perspective when He spoke 

“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.” Matthew 18:8 (NKJV)

Now Jesus wasn’t telling us to actually cut off our hands and feet, He was telling us to remove whatever was causing us to stumble, and to ultimately remove the splinters of sin within our lives. If we are to be followers of Jesus, then we must be willing to remove anything hindering us in our walk with God.  When we do this we will immediately begin to heal.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 18:8 how important is it for us to remove those things causing us to sin from our lives?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you identify any slivers of sin within your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Be willing to identify with those things attacking you in your spiritual walk.  Be willing to remove them or at least allow God to do so.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, Thank You for Your loving care and Your amazing love. Help me to identify those areas in my life where I have allowed the slivers of sin to remain and subsequently have caused unhealthiness in my Christian walk.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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