January 17, 2015
In verse 14, Jesus says "See, you are well again. Stop sinning and something worse may happen to you." to the man he healed. It made me think that someone reading this might see this as a threat of some kind. I guess that it could be seen that way if you don't consider the nature of sin. I don't think that this means that God will bring upon worse things, but that if you keep sinning, then those sins will get you.
I'm fighting with sin every day. Thoughts lust, and feelings of disgust, that creep up on me sometimes are hard to stop, or difficult to detect. Then there is the laziness, especially towards doing dishes, and also for praying. They say that it takes about 6 weeks for your body to get into habit of exercising physically. I wonder how long it would take for me to get in the habit of praying at a specified time. I need to pray, and I want to pray, and I wan to do good, yet sometimes the sin of laziness gets in the way.
Application: pray for small group members