Thought For Today - October 8
What Is Our Besetting Sin?
A child of God ought not to be a fornicator, nor a whoremonger, nor have a mind filled with garbage and unclean thoughts and attitudes. But neither should he be covetous, nor an idolater. All these sins are grouped together and seem to carry the same weight of importance with God. One may frown on a person who has pre-marital or extra marital sex relations, but may himself be given to covetousness and idol worship, and an idol is any thing that occupies the place in the heart and mind that God ought to occupy.
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” Ephesians 5: 3-4.
We who do not have a mind filled with filthy thoughts, and do not gossip, and do not tell dirtry jokes, and look with contempt on those who do - What is our besetting sin? what does occupy the place in our mind that these forbidden things occupy in the mind of others? Is it covetousness? Is it a longing and desire for things that God has not seen fit to grant us? do we spend all our time and energy thinking of the things that we don’t have, but would give anything to possess? Or is our mind occupied with thoughts of God and his righteousness and his coming kingdom? And are we busy giving thanks for all the blessings that God has already bestowed upon us?
“For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” Ephesians 5: 5.
Let us beware dear Christian brother or sister, and I speak to myself as well as to you, covetousness and idolatry will bar us from the kingdom of God just as much as fornication and adultery and all the other besetting sins. Let us judge ourselves to see if we are guilty of any besetting sins, and if we are let us turn to Christ who is able and willing to forgive us of all our sins and confess and claim his righteousness.