Remove and replace

We have a history of groundhogs here. They dig under my house, terrorize my dogs, and threaten me with frogs in my nightmares (long story...don't ask).

Over the years, I've set non-lethal traps in the yard, captured the groundhogs and relocated them. Problem solved.

Sins are not like groundhogs. Relocating doesn't help. Removing isn't enough. Replacement is necessary.

Over and over again throughout Scripture, this pattern emerges. Remove and replace. Remove and replace.

Put off the old self and put on the new. Remove and replace.

Stop lying and tell the truth. Stop stealing and work so that you have something to give. Don't let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what it helpful for building others up. Remove and replace.

Removing without replacing doesn't work. The sin comes back worse. It grows and morphs. It must be dealt with at the source (more on this tomorrow) and it must be replaced. This requires a ton of creativity and work. It doesn't always feel connected and helpful, but it is necessary.

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