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Grace Moments Devotions - May 8, 2019

  • 2019 May 08

May 8
There is always a victim
Jason Nelson

It is a diabolical ruse to suggest private behavior is benign as long as no one else gets hurt. That allows people to rationalize doing destructive things in the privacy of their own homes or on their own computers. Society has played along by muting restraining statutes in deference to libertarian permissiveness. So people will smoke a little weed at home because no one else will get hurt. Or they will download dirty pictures for private viewing because no one else will get hurt. But someone always gets hurt. Sin always has a victim.

The National Institute of Health warns that pot smoking can stunt brain development and contribute to debilitating disorders like schizophrenia. We can see the correlation. Addiction to porn sabotages marriages and warps healthy sexual relations between husband and wife. We can see the correlation. Dabbling in any of these things is a dangerous experiment in self-indulgence and self-deception. Sin always has a victim. In most cases sin has several victims. The sinner suffers, and the people who love the sinner suffer even more.

And God suffers. God is a victim of our sins. “He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins”(Isaiah 53:5 GW). Christ is the long-suffering victim every time we undermine our well-being and pollute our moral standing. He is also an essential part of the long road back because “he was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from his wounds.”

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