Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. ~ Psalm 4:23
Do you know anyone who has a peanut allergy? If so, then you are familiar with how vigilant they have to be.
Not only must they avoid foods that contain peanuts, but also other foods that are processed where peanuts are processed, to be completely sure that their systems are not exposed to the contaminates that will trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction.
They can never let their guard down.
How much better would our relationship with God be, if we were as vigilant to avoid contamination by sin.
In fact, each and every one of us are allergic to sin, in that contamination by it will cause death.
Praise God, He, in His wisdom, provided the Treatment.
Now, let me ask you this: If you had a peanut allergy would just eat peanuts anyway, assuming you’d be able to receive medical attention in time to save you life? Would you be careless about it?
A large reason that you would not do that would be that, even if you could be “saved” if you got medical attention in time, each and every reaction, every attack would weaken your body.
Sin works in the same way.
So….as with any allergy, the best remedy is to avoid contamination in the first place.
How much more pure and holy would our lives be, how much more effective would our testimonies be, if we were as vigilant to avoid sin, and everything associated with it (processed with it, if you will) that could contaminate our lives?