The Dread Disease

Your eyes are too pure to look at evil, and You cannot look on wickedness.
—Habakkuk 1:13

Devotion:

How terrible is sin. We haven’t got a clue, however, for we live in it. We wallow in it. It’s up to our necks. Only those who live in a perfect world like Heaven would have the foggiest notion of how horrific sin really is. But when we look at this One who came all the way from Paradise to heal us of this dread disease, we begin to get a new view of just how terrible a thing sin really is. May we see in Christ a mirror of our own souls and stand amazed that such a one as He, the altogether perfect One, could love such ones as us.

We need to come to grips with what Christ endured—that this terrible thing called sin might be taken away because sin inevitably draws upon itself the wrath of God. May we never forget that even if we become complacent in the face of sin, even if we accept it broadly as a people, God is a God who is infinitely holy and has an infinite hatred for sin. He is of purer eyes than even to look upon iniquity and has promised that He will visit our transgressions with the rod, and that His wrath will inevitably fall upon our sins. So we stand in His presence, amazed that He could want us fallen creatures and that He found a way to make us cleansed, radiant, and free of sin.

 

Question to ponder: What power is in the blood of Christ that it would be strong enough to cleanse us?