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Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all day long.               Psalm 32:1-3

It’s amazing what tolerance does to one’s being. I’ve heard it said that a man of tolerance is a man with no conviction.

The Psalmist made it clear what happens to a man with no conviction. His bones suffered, the very structure of our being, our stature, and height. Luke said, “And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?” Notice the thing of importance the scripture said we cannot add to will be affected because of unforgiven transgressions. It is God that exalts. He sets men up and takes men down.

Sin unrepented of destroys a man. No matter how we clothe him, the structure begins to melt away. How many times have you and I saw someone, and we thought, “He/she is a shell of the man or woman they used to be.” Sin not only affects us, it infects those things around us. Not only our physical man suffers, but our homes, jobs, churches, and relationships begin to crumble.

Tolerance of sin/wrong doesn’t stop on the local level. It spills over to a whole nation and even the world. The decay of tolerance or a life of no conviction leads to destruction. The Psalmist said when we, our churches, businesses’, homes, and nation keep silent, our bone’s structure suffers.  How do we turn the infrastructure around in our home, business, church, and nation?  The answer is in 2 Corinthians 7:10. Conviction that brings Godly sorrow that needeth not be repented of.

Our prayer for you this week: May we take a moment and repent/turn from our tolerance, walk in Godly conviction, and live the blessed life.

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Josh Shields

Josh Shields and his wife, Janice, founded New Life Church in Berryville, Arkansas in 2011, where he continues to be the residing pastor. He formerly served in different pastoral positions throughout the state of Arkansas and has ministered at various churches, conferences, conventions, and venues throughout the nation. He began his ministry in 1983 at the age of 16, feeling the call at a young age to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys every opportunity to share Jesus with others through his ministry by speaking, preaching, singing, and writing weekly articles/posts.

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