Recently, I had the privilege of reading Jerry Bridges’ book “Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate.” Reading this book proved to be a painful experience. On occasion I saw the sins of others, but all too often God confronted me of my own sins.
When I think of the word ungodly, I don’t typically think of Christians. Instead I think of unbelievers and a multitude of sins. But Jerry Bridges helped me to see that ungodliness may be a sin present in a believer’s life too.
In his book Jerry said, “Ungodliness may be defined as living one’s everyday life with little or no thought of God, or of God’s will, or of God’s glory or of one’s dependence on God.”
The day after reading that chapter, I had an example of ungodliness in my own life when I experienced anxiety and worry. My first thought wasn’t that I need to bring this before the Lord in prayer. Instead, I was thinking of things that I could do to help resolve the issues that concerned me.
It wasn’t until later in the day, I realized I had given little thought of God when I started feeling anxious. I wanted to get out of that place where I was feeling uncomfortable. I wanted to be in control and use my wisdom and might to change the situation. I didn’t act a whole lot different than a person who doesn’t believe in God.
The book also addresses many other sins, including anxiety and worry.
I found “Respectable Sins” challenging because the Holy Spirit was doing a work in me as I read through each chapter. I would recommend taking one chapter at a time so that you can think and pray about what the Holy Spirit would have you to learn before moving on to the next chapter.
This book is a keeper so you can reread and reevaluate where you are at in dealing with some of those “Respectable Sins” that all of us deal with this side of heaven.
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