All evil is according to His determinate purposes—always for some good purpose. God doesn’t allow evil; He has planned all good and evil. Actually, all the “evil” we talk about today is actually a good that we shall someday see to be such. God doesn’t allow it—He foreordains it.
Jay Adams from Evil
Do you have your own seemingly small “pet” sins?
The sins that maybe one of these days you will deal with but they aren’t a big deal?
You know those days were the children say “Moma needs some coffee or chocolate!”
The days when a slight headache causes everyone to know you are having a bad day.
The “it was OK to be rude, they deserved it” days.
Sin is sin, whether or not we think it is a big deal or not, God does.
Only slightly evil (By J. R. Miller: 1840 – 1912)
“Avoid EVERY kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Some professors are accustomed to think of some things as ‘only slightly evil’, while other things are considered as most vile in their eyes.
They appear to think, that if they keep themselves from the worse kind of sins–then they need not be so watchful against the minor forms of evil. They will not lie, nor steal, nor swear, nor do other things which would brand them as ‘wicked’ in the eyes of the community. But meanwhile they are satisfied to be ungentle, unkind, selfish, bad-tempered, and worldly!
But Paul’s exhortation is, “Avoid every kind of evil.” We are not to pick out certain things and condemn these alone as evil, abstaining from them; meanwhile indulging in pet vices and sinful habits of our own. Whatever is sinful in even the slightest way–is to be avoided!
More of these short devotionals can be found at Grace Gems.