A Devotional Thought for April 29, 2016:
The love that flows out of salvation causes the heart to be saddened by even the least sins.
It is just as much sickened by a harmful word or a lustful thought as it is by blasphemy or adultery.
David only cut off the corner of Saul’s garment and in order to convince Saul of his own sin and David’s innocence. Yet, David’s heart was broken.
Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. (1 Samuel 24:5 NIV)
Love will not allow even the littlest sin.
I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. (Romans 7:15 NLT)
Love makes a person to desire more what he should be rather than what he is. Love makes him fear even the appearance of sin and offense.
Love knows that even the littlest sins are contrary to the greatest good; they are contrary to the nature of Christ, to His commands, to His spirit, to His grace, to His glory, and to His blood.
Love knows that even the littlest of sins paves the way for the greatest ones and that little sins multiplied become great.
-Thomas Brooks (taken from his book, Heaven on Earth, 1654; paraphrased by Pastor Michael Edwards)
(Consider David’s example. Even when he was in the “right” to defend himself, he was still struck by the fact that his “right” was so infected by sin that he couldn’t justify himself even when he had done nothing observably wrong. Pastor Michael Edwards)