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Harming Themselves to Their Own Shame

Are they not harming themselves, to their own shame? Jeremiah 7:19

Are unbelievers victims of sin and satan? Or are they rebels following their own selfish way? The Bible teaches both.  Jeremiah 7:19 says they harm themselves, but that harm comes from their own shameful activities and attitudes. How eloquently stated!

On the one hand, unbelievers who sin do harm themselves. Ideas have consequences. And bad ideas have bad consequences. By believing untruths about God and the way the world works. many unbelievers have brought harm upon themselves. God is not mocked, a man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7). Men and women have an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Jesus offers rest to any who are weary of satan’s buffetings.

On the other hand, this harm they bring upon themselves also brings shame. Shame only comes to one who is guilty of doing something wrong. The Bible affirms that men and women are not just victims, but guilty participants in sin. They have willfully chosen to go their own way and instead of God’s way. On the judgment day, Jesus will not condemn innocent victims. He will judge guilty rebels.

How do you look at unbelievers? How do our children? Do you see victims or rebels? Can you see both at the same time?

Father, give eyes to see the real harm that has come upon others. Make me as compassionate as you. Father also give me eyes to see the depth of sin of the human heart. Help me see the rebel’s true heart.

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