Sin is the direct disobedience to the commandments of God. If we break God’s commandments, we are sinning. But what is so bad about sin anyway and why should we overcome sin?
In this post, let me share with you seven reasons.
Reason no. 1: Sin ultimately leads to death
The reason is plain and simple: sin ultimately leads to death. The Bible reveals that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We are all sinners. That’s a given fact. Since we are all sinners, we must face the consequences of our actions. What is the penalty for sin?
We are all sinners. That’s a given fact. Since we are all sinners, we must face the consequences of our actions. What is the penalty for sin?
Since we are all sinners, we must face the consequences of our actions. What is the penalty for sin?
“For the wages of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Reason no. 2: Sin led to the death of Jesus/Yeshua
Sin is so horrible that it will lead to death. Since we cannot save ourselves from sin, it took the life of Christ to redeem us from the penalty of sin which is DEATH! So instead of us dying, Christ died for every single human being who ever lived!
Can you now see how horrible sin is? Sin is so unimaginably horrible, abominable, and repulsive that it took a life of a God to purchase us back from death.
Reason no. 3: Sin leads to suffering and pain
Sin leads to suffering and pain. God created a perfect world, and when sin entered humanity, this world has become chaotic, messy, and far from being a paradise it once has been.
We have seen the negative effects of sin. Sin leads to selfishness, greed, lust, strife, war, poverty, and all the negative things you can think of. What’s more, it will not only harm the individual committing it, but also the people around him/her.
Reason no. 4: Sin has a lasting effect
Sin has its negative effects in the past, present, and future! Remember the sin of Abraham when he took Sarah’s handmaid, Hagar? He committed this sin thousands of years ago and yet, we can still see its negative effects. Abraham’s descendants are in a constant war and strive with each other.
Reason no. 5: Sin separates us from God
Sin also separates us from God. It can lead us away from Him. Isaiah 59:1-2 tells us:
“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
Reason no. 6: Sin begets sin
We can read a lot of Biblical stories where a small sin led to bigger sins. Think about the adultery of King David. Instead of repenting of his sins, he committed another by murdering Uriah, the Hittite just to cover his adulterous act.
Sin is no different today. When you break one of God’s Ten Commandments, you are also in danger of breaking the other nine. If you steal, you are also coveting – making you guilty of breaking commandment no. 8 and 10.
Once you committed a sin, it is a slippery road. You won’t notice it for a while but you are sinking deeper and deeper to the trap sin has set.
Reason no. 7: God hates sin
God commands us to avoid sin not because He doesn’t want us to have fun. On the contrary, He perfectly knows that all sin will lead to pain. Most people thought of God as Someone who are against our freedom. But nothing can be farther than the truth!
God loves us and He hates anything that can hurt us. That’s why the Bible tells us:
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate” (Proverbs 8:13).
The problem with sin is it appeals to our human nature. It seems to be so nice and beautiful on the outside, but actually, it is ugly and rotten on the inside. Once we entertain temptation, dwell on it, and finally give in, we will suffer its dire consequences.
When we come to think about it, sin is a choice. NEVER ever think that you can escape the penalties of sin. No matter how small a sin is, it comes with a negative effect.
Sin is appealing because of the pleasure it gives. However, these pleasures, without fail, are just temporary. Are you willing to exchange your eternal salvation for temporary pleasures? Are you ready to trade a minute of worldly and sinful pleasures for a life that never ends?
At the end of the day, no matter how hard we try, we will sin. But this does not mean that we should not do our best in overcoming it. The point is, we need to grow spiritually, day by day, in our Christian walk.
We need to overcome sin because God wants us to live a happier and more blessed life. Sin deprives us of the incredible benefits of following God. So next time you are tempted to sin, remember God’s reward and promises to those who faithfully obey Him.