Would our friends or family members be eager to tell God everything we do together?
As important as it is to consider the company we keep, it’s equally important to consider what kind of company we are to others. The influence we have on each other impacts us more than we’ll ever realize. What would it take for our influence to be a positive one?
For some of us, it would take having true repentance for our sin and the fear of God.
Don’t you hate the moments (sometimes years) that follow after you’ve willfully disobeyed God? Shame and damaged credibility are bad enough, but the wrenching realization of how we’ve grieved our heavenly Father strips us of the joy we previously had with Him.
It’s even worse when we entice others to follow our lead.
In 2 Samuel 11, King David allowed his lust over Bathsheba to mature into a shameful affair. Then he callously arranged the murder of her honorable husband, thus, bringing innocent men into his sin. He – the king of Israel. What an example. What an influence.
But when the prophet Nathan confronted David about his sin, David pled with God for forgiveness. Then he said,
“I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.”
Psalm 51:13 (ESV)
Wow! Is there any better way to have a positive influence on others – especially on those who feel trapped regarding their choices and wish they could find a way out?
When we genuinely repent (having more remorse for our rebellion against a holy God than despair for the consequences we experience), God mercifully restores our relationship with Him and helps us deal with the aftermath of our choices. And the more we, ourselves, fear God, (the more we fear treading into any area of sin), the more we can help others do the same.
God is fearsomely holy, yet awesomely wonderful. If we, like David, allow the Holy Spirit to break our hearts over our sin and nurture in us a healthy fear of Him, God will use us in ways we can only imagine in our friends’ and family’s lives. Perhaps even in the lives of those who haven’t yet chosen to follow Christ.
What about you?
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Does this week’s message give you another reason to fear God and truly repent of your sin?
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