Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Words of Comfort: Vinegar

Our dog kept licking his fur to a point that he wore it away and left an ugly patch on his white coat.

One day I remembered that another dog we once owned would pull the funniest faces if we offered her a salt and vinegar potato chip. She would draw back her lips, twist her nose, and step backwards in disgust. So I put some vinegar on my finger and let Sam (our current dog) smell it. He had a similar negative reaction, so I gently rubbed some vinegar onto his worn-out fur area, and he never touched it again.

There are certain sins that have an attraction for the Christian. However, God has something that can help us stay away from them. His “vinegar” is called “The chastening of the Lord” (see Hebrews 12:4-14 for details), and if you have ever experienced God’s chastening, you will turn your nose up and pull back at just the thought of it. But the Scriptures say that that God’s correction “brings forth the peaceable fruit of righteousness.” The vinegar isn’t pleasant, but after we have experienced His loving chastening we will thank God for its results.