Entangled in Sin?
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Hebrews 12:1, NIV
In northwest Arkansas, out in the boonies where we live, there is an evil plant species known as greenbriars. My mother says the only good thing she can think of that greenbriars do is to hide rabbits when they are running away from predators. Otherwise, they are ugly, razor-sharp, spread like the plague and are almost impossible to kill. Trust me. I can verify these things from personal experience.
Stone and I fought the battle of the briars when we cleared out a spot for our new chicken coop. As I fought through the labyrinth of horrible stickers I couldn’t help but think of the verse about sin that easily entangles. I felt like I was in an animated movie. The briars seemed to reach out and grab me by the ankles, wrapping around my legs, stabbing into my T-shirt. It would have been so easy to fall if I hadn’t been on my guard. I also had these wonderful clippers, sharp and strong, that enabled me to hack through. Then Stone—with thickly gloved hands—grabbed huge sections of briars and pulled them out to throw on a fire. It was actually fun for me to watch them burn.
The metaphor of the briars as “sin that entangles” will, I hope, be etched on my memory forever. Starting from the ground, these briars climbed trees, gaining strength as they climbed by killing out everything alive in their path. New briars mingled with last year’s dead ones so that you couldn’t tell where one ended and the other began. The insidious things took over a whole section of woods at the edge of our yard, and I could see that their intentions were further reaching. It almost—but not quite—overwhelmed us to try to get them out.
FAITH STEP: Are you entangled in sin of any kind? Jesus cut the path through for us, that we might lay aside the sin that entangles. Trust Him for forgiveness and healing today.
Contributed by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
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