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Ezekiel 18:32. For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live.
I am about to start a diet again. One aspect of this diet is to record every item of food I eat. Strange things happen when you have to write down what you eat. You start to notice what you are putting into your mouth. You also begin calculating just what that decision will cost.
In the short term, that nibble (or gobble) of food can lead to weight gain. In the long term, many little nibbles (or gobbles) can lead to obesity and health problems related to weight. Each morsel has a consequence, just as each of our actions have consequences.
When we notice destructive patterns in our lives, we must stop what we are doing. We must recognize our sins. We must acknowledge that our sins damage our relationships and ourselves. We need to repent, turn from our sinful, dangerous behavior, and find new ways to live.
God does not want the consequences of our poor decisions to cause us pain and difficulty. God does not want our decisions to cause the death of our relationships or of ourselves. God wants us to live! Repent, turn, and live!
Today the Church remembers Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 202.