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Read:

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 1 Corinthians 5:6 NASB

Reflect:

Sin is serious. I know that this is a strange way to start out a devotional, but I wanted to just put that out there. The thing is, is that in our present world, we are exposed to so much that we have become desensitized to not only the seriousness of sin, but what it is doing to our hearts.

Half a century ago, a television scandal would have been showing a married couple sleeping in the same bed, however these days, we women, who call ourselves Christian are flocking to the theaters to see steamy movies, not even phased by the corruption of something that God designed to be holy and within the walls of matrimony.  The question I must ask myself, and I want to ask you, is when did we quit taking sin seriously?

We revel in discontent, we gossip, we are prideful, selfish, and anxious. Each of these things the Bible clearly preaches against, yet we tend to accept them as part of our identity.  The kicker is, that we aren’t any of these things, we are a new creation in Christ.  As a Child of God, the fruit of the spirit should characterize us:  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

It is important that we don’t let respectable sins into our hearts and we stay aware of what could be leading us away from God. This is the leaven that ruins the entire batch of yeast mentioned in 1 Corinthians 5:6. When we let the little bit of sin in, our hearts become desensitized and we grieve the Holy Spirit. We are called to be in the world but not of it. The question is, can the world tell the difference? Are we set apart?

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, I pray that you would help me to have a tender heart, responsive to your prompting, and your conviction.  Help me to remember who I am in Christ, and to put on love, joy, and peace.  Help me to live in a way that others would know you, and take away anything that would be an obstacle to me, or others.  I love you Jesus, in Your precious name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn:

Have you ever thought about being guilty of what some would call, respectable sin? 
Prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see any areas of “leaven” in your life.