A student recently interviewed me for a class project. The questions focused on “pet peeves”…those behaviors or traits that tend to get under your skin.
I have a couple. First, I don’t like it when folks remind me how busy they are…or how hard they are working. In this case, actions speak louder than words, right?
And I also frown when people bring problems to the table, but offer no possible solutions.
Jesus talked about bad behaviors often in the New Testament.
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Mark 7:20-23
We often think of sins categorically. You know..you have the “big ones” that people can easily detect and are widely socially unacceptable. Then there are the “little ones” that are under the surface and not so evident…pride, deceit, lust and greed.
But God knows…and there is no category to sin in His eyes. We know God’s pet peeves.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10
My prayer this week is to acknowledge the sin in my life and focus on making modifications in my behavior. I want to be pure from within.
And let me know how I may pray for you.