Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Daily devotional: Consequences of sin

Scripture
He handed them over to the Gibeonites, who killed and exposed them on a hill before the Lord. All seven of them fell together; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning.
2 Samuel 21:9 NIV

Observation
Saul's sinful behavior had consequences that affected a much broader audience than himself. It was why there was a three year famine in the land of Israel, it resulted in the death of seven of his descendants, and it caused untold grief for the loved ones who went through the loss.

Application
When tempted by sin, remember that my decisions do not just affect me but also can hurt others.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me of yet another important reason to follow after You and not give in to sin's temptations. I desire You and to follow after You with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind. Please keep my feet from stumbling. Holy Spirit, please keep me ever aware of the consequences of choosing sin. I love you!

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