We have all used the term “but” in our lives. 99% of the time, it totally negates the first part of a statement. Throughout the Bible, God uses the word “but” on many occasions. Usually, it implies a contradiction or a problem in someone’s life. One of the most common uses of the word “but” in the Bible is Naaman, who was the commander of an army of the king of Syria, a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He also was a mighty man of valor, BUT he was a leper. (2 Kings 5:1)

Doesn’t the description of Naaman sound so great right until we get to the “BUT.” The fact that he was a leper makes everything else about him pretty much meaningless. Leprosy can be used as a physical representation of sin in our lives. Remember, there is no cure for leprosy but God still gave laws concerning what to do if a person with leprosy is healed. (Leviticus 14) Although God knows leprosy cannot be healed (by man) He still gave a law concerning the matter. Isn’t the same true with sin? We have absolutely no control over the healing of sin, yet God still gives us in the Old Testament how He desires to have fellowship and how life will be once we are healed of sin.

A similar person in the Bible is Jehoash who did all that was right in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoida the priest instructed him BUT the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on high places. (2 Kings 12:2-3) It sounds real good at first until we got to the “BUT.” That is a shame.

What about in our lives? Do we have a BUT that makes us look like hypocrites to the world and unfaithful to God? It is almost to the point that Christians should not have that short three letter word in their vocabulary. One of the most common ways a Christian employs the word “but” is I know what the Bible says BUT… ad we can fill in the rest with whatever we want. That is unacceptable. That phrase especially should be banished from our minds and hearts.

Let us ask God to continue to transform our lives daily so we can be perfect, holy, blameless, and acceptable on to God. Let us have God remove all the “buts” in our lives so we can truly live for Him because He died for us.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen! Ephesians 3:20-21.

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