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I hate sunburn.  It is both annoying and painful.  It is painful in that it actually burns the skin and requires various lotions and potions to ease the constant sting of the burn.  It is annoying in other ways.

First, there is the peeling that follows.  Having recently been sunburned, I have an understanding of how annoying this is.  Having lost plenty of hair over the past few years, I still fail to remember a hat for that first time of overexposure to the sun.  This is an annual event that is frequently followed by remembrance of a cap for the rest of the summer.  This past week, the identical scenario played out.

Now, my head is peeling.  I never minded peeling in the past because it was always on my shoulders, arms and back.  Now, its my head.  My wife loves to help peel the fried skin away which makes matters worse.  She won’t leave my head alone until all of this dead tissue is removed.  She does not always take just skin; sometimes more hair leaves in this process.  It wouldn’t be so bad if she didn’t enjoy this so much!

Spending time in the sun is a good thing.  I truly don’t mind mowing the grass, going for walks, or relaxing in the yard.  The kids love to play outdoors, its all a good thing.  But you never notice how the sun burns your skin until its too late.  Even after you come inside, your burn continues to get darker as it sinks in deeper. 

There’s another burn that is very subtle – sin. 

Satan loves to creep into our lives with great subtleties that tempt us to break God’s laws.  His best weapon is how he convinces us to only bend the rules a little bit.  After all, it will probably go unnoticed.  Once we enter into a state of compromise when it comes to living the Christian faith, the thief has established a foothold.  This is the beginning of what can become many victories for the Devil in our lives.

We rarely see this coming.  Most Christians go though periods in our lives when we let our guards down.  Often, these times come immediately after experiencing a spiritual high in our lives.  We can get so caught up in the celebration and reflection that we fail to see what is staring us in the face next.  This is when the thief sneaks in.  Frequently, the first temptation is to take pride in what you just experienced.

The next thing you know…burn, baby, burn!  The burn is present, it hurts, and then it will be followed by some form of consequence, maybe even a nagging time of peeling.

Understand the words of Jesus, as He gives us a clear understanding of His own purpose as opposed to the purpose of the opposition…

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  (John 10:10, NIV).

The next time you are tempted to compromise on what you KNOW is right, remember the purpose of the one who is trying to tempt you.  His only intention is to destroy you, and if you are not paying close attention constantly, he just might sneak into your life like the sunburn you never saw coming.

The second and main aspect of sunburn that is so annoying to me is how it is received.  One never feels or sees it coming.  Sunburn is very subtle. 

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Christian Lifestyle, Forgiveness, Sin

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