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The Subtleness of Sin

Psalm 1:1-2

1 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.”

Children need to know that “falling” for sin is not always something that just happens. In most cases it happens over a period of time and very subtly.

They often find themselves walking hand-in-hand with sin without even knowing it and before they know it they decide to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with it. Eventually they decide to sit comfortably with it and are caught in its snares. They give attention to the wicked, the sinner, the scoffer, trying to dress like them, act like them, be ‘cool’ like them and before they know it they start imitating them and finally find their delight in their ways.

Now it is important to know that they do not just one day wake up and decide to walk in the way of the wicked out of duty, or stand in the way of the sinner out of duty, and eventually sit in the seat of scoffers out of duty. They walk and stand and sit there because they want to. And they want to because they have been watching and imitating them so intently that what they do is now attractive to them. They have meditated on them (without calling it that) and now they start to delight in them. That is how “worldliness’ happens.

They start by looking at the all the stuff that the world offers and they look at it and think about it so much that eventually they want it. So they start walking, then standing and eventually sitting in their counsel and their ways and their seats.

Three gradual steps of “falling” into sin. Walk then stand and eventually sit with the wicked, the sinners and the scoffers.

Just like the pleasures of the world are awakened by looking at them long enough, so the pleasures of God’s Word are awakened in the regenerate soul by looking (meditating) at it long enough. Studying Bible Lessons like those here at the Mailbox Club can help children start to delight in the Lord and His Word.

Where your heart is that is what you will delight in.

-Pastor Francois Boshoff


God bless his family and friends. His lessons are a big part of the reason I accepted Jesus as my Savior 38 years ago. I loved getting the lessons in the mail, and read every word. I can still remember some of the specific lessons that I got in the mail. Thank you, Mr. Eager, for caring about lost souls and giving so much of yourself to others for God's glory. I know you are now home with the Father, to rejoice in His presence for eternity. Thank you from the grateful heart of a former student. – Donna, Georgia


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