I broke a glass bottle of peanuts tonight. As the cover wasn’t firmly tightened, I lost my grip. So we quickly cleaned up all the glass shards, especially the small ones. Some pieces flew pretty far too. My mother made sure it was totally clean as the small pieces could still give a nasty cut to the feet. I wouldn’t have been so thorough (I’m a big picture type). Thank God for mothers!
Likewise, sin is like those glass pieces. The big ones are easier to clear. But the small glass pieces if left alone, could still cut you bad. Don’t ignore the seemingly small sins. By the way there are no small sins.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
Paul says not even a hint of sin! That’s really extreme clean up. Are you holding a sin that you think isn’t that serious? Or rationalizing that it’s not hurting anyone? Or that God will forgive you if you sin anyway?
I’m telling you, sin is dangerous and cannot be underestimated. It’s like a spark of fire that can burn your whole life to hell. Paul continues:
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
You have to expose your sin to the light of God. Admit it to a trusted friend. Ask for prayers and accountability. Truly repent of it and sin no more. When your sin is exposed to the light, like a vampire, it dies. Don’t let it thrive in the dark, eating your soul till your conscience is seared.
Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
Don’t let the little foxes ruin your vineyard.
Don’t let sin ruin your life.