17th January 2019

Frost Resistant or Frost proof?

“Beware, brethren , lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘ today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Hebrews 3:12-13 (NKJV)

We have recently been looking at pots for our garden and discussing the difference between a pot which is frost-resistant and frost-proof. Ideally frost-resistant pots should be put away in the winter, or at least in a sheltered position, to avoid them cracking. If a pot is frost-proof it can stay outside, but there is still a possibility that it will crack after a winter or two. Of course you can buy metal or plastic pots which should last for years, but we prefer the natural clay pot.

In the case of frost-resistant or frost-proof, the damage is done by rain, which then freezes and will find any little fissure or imperfection in the pot. As a result the pot will eventually crack and break. So it has to be thrown away and replaced.
That brings an interesting question, are we sin-resistant or sin-proof? We are going to sin because we are human, but how well do we control the impulse to do so?

Because sin works the same way in our character as frost on a clay pot, sin will find any little fissure or imperfection to damage us. If we are sin-resistant we’ll manage for a while, if we are sin-proof we’ll manage for longer, but eventually we will crack and suddenly realise we have sinned, again!

We may feel like throwing ourselves or our Christian life away as a result. But that’s the joy of Christianity, because of what Christ has done for us. Our sins are forgiven, past, present and future because God came to earth in human form, lived a perfect sinless life and died as a perfect sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sins. Only Jesus lived a completely sin-proof life!

So when we struggle with sin and feel the cracks in our character can’t be repaired, lets remember Hebrews 4:15-16, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

We are never so badly damaged that God can’t repair us!

Prayer
Our loving Father, strengthen us against sin despite the temptations we face. Let us never be afraid to come before your throne for forgiveness and help. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick
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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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