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Pastor’s Desk: Bend but don’t break

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11:06 am

Brother Chris Herring, Church of Jesus Christ of the Later-Cay Saints – Mexico Ward

A couple of weeks ago our area sustained significant ice accumulation. It was everywhere, especially on trees and roadways.

Superficially, it was a beautiful sight. Underneath the beauty however, was a hidden danger.

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

The extra weight of the ice caused many trees and branches to fail and fall. Many homes lost power because of downed power lines.

How could something seemingly so beautiful and pleasing to the eye cause so much heartache, hardship and destruction?

So it is with sin.

The Book of Romans says “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.

Sin is willful disobedience to God’s commands.  Sin may cause short-term happiness,  but unless repented of, it will cause not only individual, but collateral damage and heartache to family and friends.

There are many suffering from the heavy burden of sin. It is sad to note that some don’t realize this until it is too late.

Their downed “branches” not only damage themselves but those within their reach, causing heartache and sorrow.

It is only through true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and sincere repentance and baptism that the burdens and consequences of sin can be washed away.

Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” See also: (Matthew 3:2-11, Luke 13:3, 15:7).

Even after the ice is gone from the tree, its heavy weight makes the tree or branches  vulnerable if other difficulties come along. The same may be said for us. Even though our sins are washed away, some of us may remain in a weakened and vulnerable state. This is sometimes caused by not forgiving ourselves and guilt.

For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.