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9/7/2019 12:11:00 AM
Lessons From A Razor

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

One of my least favorite things to do every morning is to shave. I dislike it so much that I grew a beard in order not to shave. However, I grew tired of the beard because it got long and grey and my grandchildren started calling me, “Santa,” and, “HoHo,” so I went back to shaving.

It’s funny how things change, because when I was a teenager I couldn’t wait to shave. One Saturday morning I was by myself and took notice of my dad’s razor and shaving cream. I thought this would be the perfect time to practice the art of shaving. I borrowed my dad’s old timey single metal razor blade. I used a half can of shaving cream as I lathered up every area of my face, with the exception of my nose. I took my time, and when I finished, I didn’t have one nick on my face or neck. I was very proud of myself for completing the task with no noticeable injury.

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Then something strange happened, I started looking at my nose. I figured if I had shaved everything else, why not shave my nose? I placed the razor at the top of my nose and pulled it down to the tip of my nose.

I learned a great number of lessons that day about shaving my nose.

First, it is hard to stop the bleeding from a razor blade cut on your nose! My nose looked like it had been attacked by an angry honey badger. When I went to school on Monday morning I was asked by a person, “What happened to your nose?” to which I replied, “I cut it shaving.”

Secondly, I was not expecting the response of laughter and ridicule that I received from someone that I thought was my friend. I thought I was going to receive sympathy and understanding. Who hasn’t shaved their nose? I guess I am the only one who will admit to it.

Thirdly, you don’t have to tell everything you know about something. The next time someone asked me what I had done to my nose I told them, “I ran into a door!” It really wasn’t a full- blown lie, I had run into the “door of stupidity,” and only time would heal that wound.

Fourthly, I never shaved my nose again, no matter how bad I thought it needed it.

I feel that life is full of lessons if you are willing to learn from them. I wouldn’t call shaving my nose a sin, but it was a mistake. You never want to make the same mistake twice!

What about sin? I know that I have sinned way more than once. Does time heal the sin? No it doesn’t. Time may make the memory of sin fade, but it doesn’t take away the sin. Only one person can take away sin, and that person is Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:7-10 tells us, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

For the believer, this is a lesson that must be learned, only Jesus can cleanse sin, and it is up to the believer to ask for forgiveness of sin. Is there anything in your life that you need to clear up with Jesus?

In order to have fellowship with Him, you must believe that He can do what He says He can do, and you must do what He tells you to do, and that is to have the humility to see sin as the separator of God and man. When you accept this lesson from Scripture, you will walk in the light of God and not in the ways of this world.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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