Today’s Scripture: Psalm 19:13; 1 Corinthians 8:10; 1 Timothy 1:5, 19; 1 Timothy 4:2
Ignoring conviction over a hidden fault breeds moral depravity. Moral depravity leads to something much worse.
David declared if the Lord would keep him from the control of willful sins, “Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.” A great transgression is blatant revolt or rebellion against the Lord. No fear of consequences, and no fear of God. Unless a person repents, he is destined for eternal destruction because his conscience has dulled to the point where it is difficult for him to feel or respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul mentions three types of consciences: Good, weak, and seared. Someone with a seared conscience has lost sensitivity, feeling, or responsiveness to conviction. A seared conscience is like a third-degree burn, where nerve tissue is damaged and the person feels no pain. Spiritually speaking, a person with a seared conscience is incapable of feeling the “pain” of God’s conviction because his sensors have been damaged.
Errors lead to hidden faults. Hidden faults result in willful sins. And, willful sins, if not dealt with quickly, culminate in the great transgression. The progression sounds hopeless, doesn’t it?
Hold on. There’s hope!
- How have you seen the progression of sin in people’s lives? What difference would it have made if they had dealt with the little sins immediately?