When my daughter and I sampled the cookies, we looked at each other with furrowed brows and screwed-up noses.
“Mom, these taste funny,” she said.
I had baked a double batch of pumpkin-chocolate-chip cookies to share with the women in my Bible study. A fall favorite. I took another bite just to see if the bad taste was my imagination. Nope. There was definitely something off. But I couldn’t put my finger on what it was.
I looked over the recipe, one I’d used many times before. I was almost certain I had used all the right ingredients—until looking in the spice cabinet. There, staring me in the eye, was the spice cumin in the spot where cinnamon usually sat. I laughed.
“I used cumin instead of cinnamon,” I said.
“How could you mistake cumin for cinnamon?” my daughter asked. “They’re two completely different spices.”
I showed her the two bottles. Their labels were alike, their colors were similar, and in my haste of gathering all the ingredients, I had grabbed the wrong spice. I had made a mistake—a mistake that left a bad taste in my mouth. A mistake I won’t make again.
My mistake was a great analogy for sin and its consequences. The consequences of our sinful choices tend to leave a bad taste in our lives. Consequences can teach us to avoid the same sin the next time it stares us in the face so we will say, “You can bet I won’t do that again!”
Consequences aren’t necessarily bad. They can—and should—lead us to make better choices. Righteous choices, which lead to godly and holy behavior.
If you have committed a sin and have a sour taste in your life, confess it to the Lord and learn from the consequences. Then savor the sweetness of God’s unfailing forgiveness.
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