August 10 “Are there contagious sins?”

sin is contagiousWe take every precaution with deadly diseases like ebola, but are there diseases of the soul that are just as deadly?

Today’s Readings:
Job 11 & 12
Psalm 94.1-11
Proverbs 22.24-25
Romans 10.1-21

Job 11 & 12:

Love believes the best

Now it’s Zophar’s turn. He can’t believe what he is hearing. He’s sure that Job is guilty of some serious sin, so he rebukes him sharply.

While Job agrees with Zophar’s assessment of God’s wisdom, power and sovereignty and he doesn’t claim to be perfect, he strongly condemns his simplistic conclusion.

We, too, need to be careful about jumping to conclusions about others. Whenever possible we should give others the benefit of the doubt (1 Cor. 13.7) and let love cover as much as possible (1 Pet. 4.8). Even when we do need to reprove someone, we should do so in a spirit of gentleness continually looking to ourselves lest we also be tempted (Gal. 6.1-2). Continue reading