Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fools mock

(Ralph Venning, "The Plague of Plagues!" 1669)

"Fools mock at sin!" Proverbs 14:9 

Those who mock at sin, are worse than fools and madmen!

Tell them, as Lot told his sons-in-law of the danger and judgments which hang over their head--and, as with Lot, you seem to them as one who jokes. Genesis 19:14. They laugh at it, as if God were not in earnest when He threatens sinners--and as if those who preach against sin were deranged. 

"To do evil, is like sport to a fool!" Proverbs 10:23. There are some who sport themselves on their way to Hell--as if sin were but a recreation! What fools are they--who laugh at their own folly and destruction! It is a devilish nature in us, to mock at the calamity of others--but to laugh at our owncalamity, seems to be worse than devilish!

There are many, too many, who mourn under affliction--yet laugh over their sins! They sigh and weep when they feel any burden on their body--but make merry at that which destroys their soul! Can anything be more mad than this--to laugh, mock and make sport at that which eternally wrongs and damns their own souls!

The wicked laugh over their sin now. But if they do not repent--then they will weep forever in Hell over it!

Holiness is the beauty of earth and Heaven--without which we cannot live well on earth, nor shall ever live in Heaven. Certainly those who jeer and scoff at holiness, will be turned into Hell.


Darrel said...

"They sigh and weep when they feel any burden on their body--but make merry at that which destroys their soul."

How many times have we found ourselves being sucked down this vortex? Quick to complain, slow to run from sin. Some may consider themselves above this and have reached a place where sin no longer tempts them, these are the most deceived of all! We all have sin(s) that so easily beset us (Heb. 12:1). The flesh, in all it's repugnant glory, is very much alive & well and seeks only to mock the God that created it. But He gives more grace! It is the Goodness of God that leads us to repentance every time. In the midst of our complaining He showers us with blessings. This will bring the real believer to his knees, causing a flood of gratitude and overwhelming shame that he has fallen prey to his own wickedness once again. It is the Goodness of God that leads us to repentance every time (Rom. 2:4). It is the "godly sorrow" of 2Cor. 7:10&11 that produces the unmistakable fruit of genuine repentance which far surpasses the empty words of a faker. One 'test' of our walk with the Lord is how much do we despise sin? May His Word have free reign in our hearts.

lyn said...

Amen brother, well said. It was really stinging to read this, "One 'test' of our walk with the Lord is how much do we despise sin?" Thank you for that.