Our pup, Winnie, is a 5-month-old cutie pie! She’s a little chocolate lab that’s so full of energy and mischief. The one thing Chris doesn’t allow our older lab, Ruger, to do is get on the furniture. But do you know how hard it is to keep a puppy off a couch?!
About 4 weeks ago, Winnie learned how to jump on the bed. It’s a high jump, so we were really surprised! Chris walked into the room, stopped in shock and told me to come take a look. He sternly looked at her and said, “Winnie, you know you’re not allowed on the bed. Get down!”
Do you know how hard it is to ignore a puppy gaze?! That little dog looked up through her tiny eyelashes with the sweetest puppy-dog stare, and Chris completely caved. That dog is sleeping on our bed now, and I have absolutely no room because Winnie doesn’t understand personal space!
I wonder how often we try to give God those same innocent puppy-dog eyes when we’re doing something that we know is a sin and/or out of the will of God. We view it a “small” sin. Perhaps we believe that as long as that thing we’re doing isn’t hurting anyone else, it isn’t a big deal. Maybe we justify it because we know, at the end of the day, God is a loving God and “He understands.”
Is that really, though, what the Bible says? I don’t think so.
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” –James 4:17
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” –Romans 3:23
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” –1 John 1:8
God does not fall for the puppy-dog eyes the way we do. He isn’t happy when we give Him the little stare that says, “I’m know I’m wrong, but You love me anyway so I can get away with it, right?!”
The truth is, God DOES love us no matter what. But He hates sin. There is no middle ground when it comes to sin. Disobedience is exactly that…disobedience.
Praise God that we have a forgiving God. Rather than coming with the mentality of Him looking the other way or ignoring it, our posture should be one of repentance and prayer, asking for forgiveness. This will keep that sin from festering and instead, make us whole again in our relationship with our Savior.
He promises us in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
We thank you, Lord, for your unfailing love and grace.