Don’t Monkey Around With Sin

My wife, Evie, shared a spiritual observation that I would like to pass on to you. She mentioned that she watched a nature show on TV about survival in the jungle. The part that especially interested her was about a very young monkey who was fascinated with a rather large boa constrictor. Evidently the monkey continually bothered the snake but was agile and limber enough to get away from danger without any consequences. The young monkey would not let this predator alone, taunting it and growing very comfortable in its ability to escape danger until it became more entangled with the snake than it intended. The snake grabbed and held the monkey in its grip squeezing it to death crushing its bones. Evie said, “Don’t we do the same with sin? Don’t we toy with it with the mistaken notion that we can escape its grip and consequences anytime we want to?” She was right. We, too often, think we can flirt with sin without any consequences, especially if we did so in the past and seemed to get away with it. The Scripture says in Ephesians 4:27 “Neither give place to the Devil.” This means that we should not toy with Satan and give him any opportunity to get us in his death grip. We must run from the him as far as we can because of his ability to snare us and cause us to fall. First Thessalonians 5:22 says something very similar yet in a more startling fashion, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” We must not even toy with the appearance of sin let alone with sin itself. If we do fool with sin and its appearance we are very likely end up just like that hapless and foolish monkey who thought taunting the boa constrictor was such fun!!

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