“If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules, if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes, but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness.” – Psalm 89: 30-33
Sometimes we wonder why or how can sin be so harmful. While in the beginning it may seem as it may not cause any harm, it becomes a pattern or learned behavior. Everyone has their specific flavor of sin that calls to them and attempts to hurt their integrity and stability. In the beginning, it appears harmless to indulge in something that seems so uneventful. However, as this becomes a way of acting and thinking, it takes over our way of operating.
GOD gives us the ability to actually learn to keep ourselves from sin. We are instructed to keep away from those things that cause us harm or that tempt us. The Father’s prayer given by Jesus tell us to constantly pray for us not to be led into temptation. However, with every temptation we are given a way out in order to keep ourselves from sinning. In Psalm 89, we are instructed to keep watch over ourselves since we are promised steadfast love from GOD. He is faithful even when we may stray.
Here we are instructed to keep the commandments and the law in order to show our love for GOD, but also as a way to prevent us from sinning. While we may occasionally slip, we are instructed to continue in the righteous way through correction and reproof. The rod and stripes means discipline and correction. We are able to be disciplined by the Father who loves us beyond comprehension. When someone loves us, they correct not in order to feel superior or to say they have the right version of the truth, but because they want what is best for you. They want life to be lived with instruction and love and kindness. And even when we cannot keep up or when we fall, we are given a chance to improve and straighten up again.