Sneaky Sin
March 24, 2009, 4:26 pm
Filed under: gospel

085-001_largejpgI was challenged today by these thoughts today :

“Sin lives in a costume; that’s why it’s so hard to recognize.  The fact that sin looks so good is one of the things that makes it so bad.  In order for it to do its evil work, it must present itself as something that is anything but evil.  Life in a fallen world is like attending the ultimate masquerade party.  Impatient yelling wears the costume of a zeal for truth.  Lust can masquerade as a love for beauty.  Gossip does its evil work by living in the costume of concern and prayer.  Craving for power and control wears the mask of biblical leadership.  Fear of man gets dressed up as a servant heart.  The pride of always being right masquerades as a love for biblical wisdom.  Evil simply doesn’t present itself as evil, which is part of its draw.”

– Paul Tripp, Whiter Than Snow : Meditations on Sin and Mercy

In view of this, I am reminded all the more why we absolutely need God’s grace to deal with our sin–not just to forgive us and cleanse us from it, but even to detect it, acknowledge it, and repent of it.  And so true repentance is not just a means to grace, but actually a sign of it already working in our deceitful hearts.

God, give me grace!

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