Sin. You really don’t like to talk about it. It’s not a comfortable topic of discussion and challenges your flesh to give something up. But God finds it necessary to address it because it separates you from Him. It brings destruction to your life—both now and eternally. It’s so serious that the Son of God had to sacrifice Himself to purge you from it. So next time you feel tempted to sin “just this once,” consider the price that was paid to set you free—and the good reasons not to do it.
- It leads to death.
For the wages of sin is death . . . (Romans 6:23)
- It is temporary.
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin… (Hebrews 11:24-25)
- It hinders your fellowship with God.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth (1 John 1:5-6).
- It grieves God.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:29-30).
- It influences others to sin.
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).
- It causes you to lose rewards.
Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God (2 John 1:8-9).
- It hinders your faith.
And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight (1 John 3:19-20).
- It allows the devil to bring destruction into your life.
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:26-27).
For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 5:3-5).
- It hinders God from answering your prayers.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures (James 4:3).
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear (Psalm 66:18).
- It hinders the call of God on your life.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1).
- It hurts others.
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:10).
- It does not love Jesus.
“If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).