The Disgust of Wickedness
As we begin our walk of discipleship, we become disgusted with our transgressions and desire to be emancipated from them. Next, we start to consider the sin in the lives of others with a critical eye. Our senses are acutely tuned to recognize evil things. Sin, no matter where we find it, is disgusting.
“Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law.” (Psa. 119:53, NIV)
The task of the proofreader is to recognize mistakes. He or she must be acutely aware of all types of errors so that he or she can help others improve. In maturity, we appreciate honest criticism. Simple mistakes can often cause much embarrassment and detract from our purpose. Imagine a scientific report with the word “lavatory” replacing “laboratory.” A writer desires to uncover every mistake before publishing. A proofreader is vital to this process.
The Holy Spirit serves as our spiritual proofreader. He illuminates mistakes so that we can learn what is displeasing to God. He reveals sin in our lives as well as others for our benefit. The recognition of transgressions is the first step along the path of victory.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matt. 5:6-9, NIV)
Father God, we love You. Thank You for Your gentle corrections. Thank You for loving us enough to discipline us. Amen!