High Doors

For Friday, May 25, 2006
Proverbs 17:19

Whoever loves transgression loves strife;
he who makes his door high seeks destruction.

We often think our sins and transgressions are private and personal. We have a pride problem, or a lust problem, or a sloth problem.

Sin and strife go hand in hand. We may wish to have the one without the other.
Our sins don't seem so bad if they are personal foibles: then they are problems we might we try to overcome, if at all, through self-improvement.

But God did not make man or woman to be alone. When sin entered, broken relationships and strife entered as well. Unless we are completely perverse (and sometimes we are) we'd all like to live lives free from strife and conflict. But our sins won't let us. Through Christ's work and his Spirit we can have true peace, as we are enabled through God's grace to stop loving our transgressions.

The Spirit calls us to meekness, to making doors that are low.