There are things in life we do that we probably shouldn’t, like a child smacking you in the face thinking it is funny while being held (guilty as charged) or getting out to pump your own gas in the state of NJ (guilty again). Sometimes we honestly don’t know that it is something that shouldn’t be done. Ignorance (the lack of knowledge or information) has a very negative connotation but at times can legitimately be the cause of certain actions. As we mature, learn and obtain knowledge of things, right and wrong we are expected to know what is required/acceptable and held accountable for our actions. When You Know Better, Do Better.
When we know better we SHOULD do better. We SHOULD learn from our mistakes as well as the mistakes of others and not repeat them. For most of us this is not the case. We are far from perfect and make mistakes and many times repeat them. Luckily, we have an amazing God who understands this, loves us and forgives us our sins. When we sin and fall short we SHOULD repent. The definition of repent is: to feel sorry, self reproachful or contrite for past conduct; regret or be conscience stricken about a past action, attitude etc. be penitent; To feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one’s life for the better. When we know better yet sin and fall short but don’t repent, it is like a slap in the face to God (not something you want to do). As we see in Matthew 11:20-24, Jesus condemns the towns in which he performed many of his miracles because they did not repent of their sins. “21 Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes…. 23 And you Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” To help put that into context Sodom was wiped out with fire and brimstone.
We are not perfect, we mess up, God understands this. He gives us the opportunity to repent and be forgiven for our wrongdoings. This is not something he has to do yet he does anyway. Which further exemplifies his love and mercy. We shouldn’t take his kindness for weakness. We should repent and ask for forgiveness. When You Know Better, Do Better.
Stay Thirsty My Friends
Thirsty Thursdays: Ron