Any of you know what that is?
This is what Wikipedia says:
Eczema is a group of diseases that results in inflammation of the skin. The diseases are characterized by itchiness, red skin and a rash.
Yeah I have that. Sometimes it gets so itchy that even though I know that I’ll bleed if I scratch any harder, I still scratch it. I have all of these scars and bumps over parts of my legs from scratching them all the time. It feels like a knife’s getting stabbed into me if I don’t scratch. Sometimes it’s actually quite awful. Even though I know that scratching is really just going to cause more problems in the future, I still do it anyways.
Ready for the metaphor?
It’s interesting how that scenario is quite similar to my spiritual life. There are a lot of things that I know are sinful, yet I continue to do anyways. Things like harboring bitterness, being slow to listen and quick to anger, and being proud of my accomplishments without admitting that every blessing that’s been given to me ultimately comes from God.
I wonder if anybody else can relate to this. That even though we know that certain things are sinful, we choose to continue to do those things and sometimes even try to justify why it’s okay. It really just speaks to our sinful nature and unfortunately how easy it is for humans to sin.
And that’s exactly why we need Jesus in our lives. The verse that I’m going to share below is something that I need to remember. Always.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.