Meditations on Lesson 5
Separation from Sin: Head to Heart Guide
Once the pathway of repentance is closed by death, unbelievers who die in their sins without Christ to free them actually become their sins with no hope of separation from them. Until then we can all learn God’s way of repentance from sin and faith in Christ in order to become separated from our sins.
1) Try to imagine what it would be like to be stuck to one’s sins for all of eternity—let alone suffer punishment for them. Imagine those sins growing without God helping you to restrain them. Stir your heart to intercede for the lost. (Consider reading 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese.)
2) Then, think of some notorious kinds of sinful people you have know or heard about. Try to imagine death bed conversions for each one of them in turn. What kind of person might emerge at that point of entry into heaven? What characteristics of the New Creation would spring to life? How would they see their former life? What parts of their former ways could pass in to heaven—separated from their sinful side? Envision them in their future.
3) Now, consider infants and how innocent they are—most of the time. What are they like before sins begin to get stuck to them? Do they begin with any sins? Which ones? What do parents do about it—leave it in place or try to separate them from it before it gets established? Do parents still remind themselves of what their children were like as infants? Does it warm their hearts? Wouldn’t that do the same for God? Learn to see with His eyes!
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