Paralyzed Dogs: A Lesson About Sin

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Paralyzed ministry doggy Mr. Simeon is usually perched comfortably on top of Mommy’s motel bed. Mommy, of course, is me. Paralyzed ministry doggy Miss Mercy is oftentimes on the doggy bed just below Mommy’s bed. Mr. Simeon LOVES pillows & LOVES to have them fall off the bed so Mommy has to pick them up for him again and again. I noticed a problem one day I hadn’t considered before. The pillows sometimes fall right on top of Miss Mercy which is why I told him one day that he should think about how inconsiderate he was being to Miss Mercy. He didn’t care, of course. He just wanted Mommy to fetch his pillow again. He wasn’t thinking of anyone beside himself and his pillows, I would imagine.

That is when I realized there is a lesson about sin in this. When we sin, friend, our sin is against God almighty. We hurt His heart, rebel against Him, go against His will, break His commands, and garner the consequences of our disobedience. Most importantly, we need His forgiveness and mercy. But we don’t just hurt God, do we? We also hurt people around us from loved ones to friends to co-workers to strangers to a whole host of people near and far if we’re honest with ourselves. And truth is we in the selfishness of our sin often don’t consider most importantly our rebellion against God but also importantly our harm of others. We often in our sin don’t think beyond self, self, self, me, me, me, and what I, I, I want to satisfy – you guessed it. Me, me, me.

Mr. Simeon and Miss Mercy are merely two of the beloved handicapped streets ministry doggies with me on the road for Jesus and ministry. They are not sinning, of course, though they assuredly have their bouts of wrongdoing and need reprimanding. But as for us humans, sin is wrong, sin needs to be repented of, and we need to humble ourselves and feel bad about how we hurt God and others and make any and all necessary changes. In the strength of Christ for the glory of Christ and for the love of Him and for the love of others, AMEN!

Father, forgive us, forgive us, oh forgive us, have mercy on us, thank you for your longsuffering with us, teach us your ways and help us to want to walk in your ways. Forgive us for hurting you and for hurting others. Help us to stop being selfish, to deny self, to die to self, and to live for you and to love and serve you and others all for your glory, AMEN!

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”” Mt. 22:37-40

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