Mortify – Sept. 9

A PREACHER FRIEND relates the following story. . .

“The first year of our marriage was spent on a farm.

My wife, though reared on a farm, always allowed her parents to take care of killing as well as preparing frying chickens for the dinner table.

Her father would put a chicken over a block and chop its head off.

While I, on the other hand, was accustomed to catching a chicken and wringing its neck.

After we had been married a while, we had some chickens ready for eating.

I picked up a nice plump fryer, handed it to my wife, and told her to wring its neck.

After all, to be a good farm wife, she would need to learn these things.

She took the chicken by the neck and began spinning him around and around.

She then dropped him on the ground, where he lay stunned and confused for a moment.

Suddenly, the chicken hopped up on his legs and ran out of sight…”

“We can treat sin in our lives like that preacher’s wife treated that rooster many years ago. She didn’t kill it. She only disturbed it and ruffled its feathers abit.”

The preacher says that after 45 years of marriage, he and his wife still laugh when they remember that incident.

Dear friends, if we’re not especially careful, we too can treat sin in our lives like that preacher’s wife treated that rooster many years ago.

She didn’t kill it.

She only disturbed it and ruffled its feathers abit.

The Bible tells us that we must MORTIFY or put to death the sin in our lives.

Paul wrote, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:5 KJV; cf. Rom. 8:13)).

Are you just disturbing the sin in your life, OR have you killed it?

Think about it.

“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike

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