Which is the more dangerous sin, the one that creates a chemical dependency, such as drugs or alcohol, and destroys a body, or the one that creates an emotional or behavioral aberration, such as envy or complaining, and twists a person’s spirit?

We know the answer to that, do we not? All sin is dangerous. But perhaps the physical effects of many sins are not evident, so we attribute less weight to them. (Probably most or all sins have some physical manifestation.) We treat them with less seriousness. They are more respectable to us.

In a way, however, all sin is addictive. All sin traps the sinner. All sin is controlling.

The wicked will be captured by his own iniquities,
and he will be held by the cords of his own sin. Prov 5.22.

The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the faithless will be captured by their own desires. Prov 11.6.

The Hebrew word behind “captured” is used most of the time in the Old Testament of a city, of men, of spoils, or even of a kingdom being captured or taken, according to the Theological Wordbook of the OT. It is a powerful image for the effects of sin in one’s life. Continue reading

Luke 15 is the scheduled New Testament reading for today. Below, I’ve translated the Portuguese devotional thought based on the chapter, or one verse of it.

But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Luke 15:2 NET

If your only concern is personal purity, and not purification for others, you’ll side with the Pharisees who criticized Jesus.

If, however, you share the same spirit of Christ, the desire to rescue the impure and transport them back to the presence of the Father, you will do as he did: search out the lost wherever they are. Continue reading