More and more people are getting arrested in this country. In these times, we either have been or know someone that has. Whether for petty crimes or felonies, individuals are beginning to take matters into their own hands. Recent FBI numbers show that law enforcement agencies nationwide made over 14 million arrests in 2006, excluding those for traffic offenses.
Have you ever been arrested? Not necessarily a physical apprehension, but possibly a spiritual one. Each of us has been detained by our thoughts that resulted into an unlawful spiritual action. Our offense may not have been robbing a bank but we robbed God of His tithe and offering. We may not have lied under oath, committing perjury or acted in misconduct in a public view but we have privately with those who we love. Offenses are offenses. Just as sin is sin. Because we live in this world but should not be conformed to it. We have to live by higher standards, requiring us to renew our minds. In our replenishing we are able to live a life pleasing and acceptable to God. Paul, John, Joseph, and even Jesus were all arrested. Yet their arrest didn’t affect their mindset. Our offenses, criminal or spiritual are never life sentences. God can help us overcome any situation if we open our hearts and minds to be renewed. Our offenses never negate God’s plan and a will for our life. What about the record? Since God forgives, so should everyone else.
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 (NIV)