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The Ugliness of Sin

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The Ugliness of Sin

Psalm 73:16-22
16But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. 18Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. 19How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! 20Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. 21When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, 22I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

The Story: Asaph continues directing us to various ways of escape when temptation arises (1 Cor. 10:13). He mentions the importance of thinking carefully about what you’re considering. Often, when temptation assaults us, the heart can be swayed more quickly than the mind or conscience, which is why these need to be in dialog with the heart, to keep it from falling prey to folly. Asaph also went before the Lord with his situation, thus opening himself up to God’s perspective and input. In that context it was possible for Asaph to see the ugliness of sin – how sin breeds more sin, sinners are on a path of destruction, and sin leads to the embittering of the soul and beast-like behavior. When temptation arises it will often engage our affections most powerfully, leading us to want or desire something impure or wrong. But getting our minds in gear in the presence of the Lord can help to prick our hearts to their senses, so that we arrest the sinful tendencies of our heart (Jer. 17:9) and grow through our temptation, rather than fall through it.

The Structure: In our day, when images are the dominant means of communication, it can be very difficult to engage our minds with temptation before our hearts have sold out on us. Neil Postman wrote about the dangers of an image-intensive culture to wash out our ability to think things through carefully in his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. This is why it’s so important for Christians to work on developing a Christian mind, so that we are constantly working to see the world – and its many temptations – from the perspective of Jesus Christ and His Lordship (1 Cor. 2:16). Only when we’re thinking clearly, and with the mind of Christ, will we be in a position to look for the ways of escape through temptation that God intends for us to find.

What are you doing to nurture your Christian mind? In what ways do you engage the mind of Christ to contemplate and understand the world around you?

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