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“Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.” Daniel 4:27
Daniel’s boldness in lovingly calling the powerful King Nebuchadnezzar to repentance is remarkable. But could these words be something you and I might need today as well? Break off your sins by righteousness. Not make excuses for your sins or toy around with them, but break them off!
As is common in Scripture, it’s not just the negative “quit sinning” but also the positive “do righteousness.” Don’t just quit gossiping, but replace it with self-control and words of encouragement. Don’t just stop complaining, but start developing a thankful attitude in every season. Don’t just quit despising people’s faults, but start showing mercy and compassion to sinners. Don’t just quit funding your covetous desires, but start being a wise steward and generous giver of God’s blessings to you.
Yes, this is a word for all of us. Put off the bad, put on the good in the name of Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God.