In the first part of this series, we looked at the mistakes we make that consist of thoughts and actions that run contrary to God’s ways. God calls them ‘sins.’ We saw that a sin was an act that forces us to deviate from God’s plan for us and separates us from His love – a serious offense that may cost us our eternity.
God gave us guideposts (marks) with which to live by, and He evolved them through His Son into the ultimate direction to follow in order to live our highest and best life. That path has three components: love God, love ourselves, and love everybody else. If we live that way, we can minimize the encroachment of sin…
Why is sin so deadly?
To begin with, sin is the opposite of love: He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself]… Pr. 14:21 AMP
It stands to reason: to despise is to hate, hate is the opposite of love, God is love (1 Jn. 4:16), to despise is sin, sin is the opposite of love, thus contrary to God Himself.
Our God is a God of peace. Sin on the other hand, is born out of unchecked emotions: When angry, do not sin…Leave no such foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him.] Eph. 4:26, 27. AMP
As you can see, unexamined sinning invites the author of them, the great enemy of Man, the devil himself. Believe me, your welfare is not what he has in mind. Satan lords himself over those people who follow him by way of giving into their insatiable desires for what the world has to offer, regardless of the two grim realities that accompany such a practice – enslavement and death:
Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)? Rom. 6:16 AMP
Again, sin is an automatic result of chasing after worldly desires instead of pursuing spiritual growth. Sin is associated with the world, not with God:
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:13 – 15. ESV
That desire for what the world offers comes from a perception that most of us have that we inherently lack something within ourselves; so we try to satiate our desires to fill this perceived void. This perception was handed down to us from Adam and Eve themselves, who swallowed that lie from the devil when he told them they could be gods – inferring that being God’s crown of creation was not perfect enough.
Yet the very chase to satisfy this false ‘missing’ separates us from the only real missing we will ever have, and that is the love of our God – the separation which is induced by the act in the first place: …your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. Is. 59:2 AMP
So, sin separates you from God. He is pure righteousness; He cannot commune with sin. When you sin, you tie His hands. You sever your love-connection and your prayers fall upon deaf ears.
Sin is of the world, so it is satanically sourced. Be aware that the devil cannot make you sin; he just makes suggestions. You make the choice whether of not you will act them out: Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. 1 Jn. 3:8 ESV
We also separate ourselves from God when we listen to the advice of Man and give it and the giver precedent over what God teaches us: “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, (the words of His prophet) because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.” 1 Sam. 15:24 NKJV
Another deadly facet of sin is that it never involves you alone. You are always hurting someone else as well – be it another person, Christ, or Jehovah God: For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God… 1 Th. 4:7, 8. ESV
…when you thus sin against the brethren…you sin against Christ. 1 Cor. 8:12 NKJV
Moreover, when your sin also involves your body, you deny the very sacred nature of the God-given gift that your body is, and you denounce the sacrifice Christ made on your behalf:
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Of do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.”
But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside of his body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Cor. 6:15 – 20. NASB
Finally, the sin of any individual has a trickle-down effect upon the entire planet:
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. James 4:1, 2. NKJV
We see then that sin has a plethora of destructive facets; and if we sin repeatedly it causes a continual degradation in the quality of our lives:
“Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” John 5:14 ESV
What is the application for today’s examination of the word of God?
It is to see and own the vile nature of sin so that we can develop a godly aversion to these acts.
Yet, as we know, we all sin. How can we minimize its effects? Next time…
Goodnight and God Bless.