By Jena Kleinpeter
Ps 5:4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
Remember when you were a child, and you did something you regretted? Perhaps something broke and Mom asked, “What happened?” You made up a scenario of what happened, but knew it was a lie. Were you upset by the accident or by the lie? You really didn’t understand about consequences but soon learned. As a teenager, being caught doing something wrong was probably humiliating, but is it the humiliation or the consequence that bother us the most? Finally, with maturity, we understand the wrong we do hurts others.
As a parent, the cycle starts again. Your child does something wrong. How bad did you feel for your child? Horrible? Multiply how you felt by billions, and that is how God feels every time one of his children commits a sin.
I started my married life as a stepparent. Many times, when a conflict arose, we sat down and tried to explain there were things we could not allow. Helping a child understand we can love them but dislike what they were doing was difficult but important. That is how I see God’s love for us. He hates the sin in us but loves us.
Sin affects everyone in our life negatively. Why do we tolerate sin if God does not? Christians should strive to be more tolerant of people but less tolerant of sin. Pray that God breaks the negative cycle, forgives us of our sins and heals our country.
Jena Kleinpeter‘s Word of the Day is a work in progress. She hopes to publish a 365 day devotional on the book of Psalms. Visit https://jenakleinpeter.com/ for more devotions in Psalms.