Verse of the Day

1 John 4:20-21If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

Incurable Wounds of Sin

The prophet Micah exposed the sins of idolatry and prostitution in Israel and Judah. Micah, being sore troubled, writes “8 for this will I lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals and a lamentation like the ostriches. 9 for her wounds are incurrable; for it is come even unto Judah; it reaches unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem” (Micah 1:8-9).

 

Micah considers the people's sins as a festering wound that will not heal. One can only imagine a terrible flesh wound that continues to be mashed into the ground and tormented every day so that it has no chance of healing. Sins that go on without shame are like a festering wound that one does not take care of. The natural thing to do would be to take care of the wound and get it healed. Those; however, that love sin will keep doing the very things that brought the wound on in the first place. Such a mind is so bent on sin that it loses sight of the health of the eternal soul.

Sin has a way of deluding the mind and causing man to not be aware or care for the consequences of their actions. Sinful man can only see the immediate gratification before their eyes.

such sins may continue a lifetime and at the end man may look back on all the carnage he has caused not only in his own soul but the destroyed lives of others.

God sees and hears all that man does in every generation (see Jeremiah 23:23-25). There will consequentially be no viable excuse for the wicked when God judges mankind by his works (Romans | :20 and Revelation 20:10-15). The wounds of idolatry and prostitution must be healed before spiritual healing can take place (Micah 1:9). Many today put their personal desires, opinions, convictions, and conscience above the laws of God and bring great trouble to their lives and the lives of others (see Jonah 2:8).

Micah helps us open our eyes to our sins so that we may be healed. The Apostle Peter once said, "Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19). Let us all open our eyes to the true works of our mind and hands. If there is sin then let us be of a humble and contrite mind so that we may repent and receive forgiveness. Isaiah, speaking on behalf of God said, "2 For all these things hath my hand made, and so all these things came to be, said Jehovah: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembles at my word" (Isaiah 66:2). Are you humble, meek, lowly, and contrite of heart? Look into your lives and cleans yourselves of all defilements of the flesh that separates you from God rather than letting those wounds of sin fester into a killing disease (see 2 Corinthians 7:2).
John C Robertson

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