Thursday, April 25, 2019
God loved the people of the world (including you) so much, that He chose to suffer the penalty justice demands for your sins, so He could enjoy life with you. We should rejoice in God's mercy and love, but we should not forget that sin is a terrible thing.
Sin is not just a list of things God has arbitrarily determined to be against. Sin is bad. Even if there was no God, sin would still be bad. God is against sin because it hurts people.
The Bible is clear that sin is deadly. All sin eventually brings forth death.
I don't mean that sin results in punishment (which is another issue), but that sin produces death and loss.
ROMANS 5:12 ESV 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned -
ROMANS 5:21 ESV 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ROMANS 6:16 ESV 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Sin leads to death.
ROMANS 6:23 ESV 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sin pays some very undesirable wages: death.
JAMES 1:15 ESV 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Sin brings forth death, when it is fully grown.
Sin is also deceptive. It can sometimes tantalize by offering pleasure for a season.
HEBREWS 11:25 ESV 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
But when the fleeting pleasure of sin is gone, the pain remains.
SAY THIS: Sin hurts people! Sin is deadly!
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