I used to think the consequence of sin was only defined as “separation from God” in the form of hell or in discipline. But a while back, the truth hit me that when we choose sin, not only do we go against God and His will, but we choose to be our own worst enemy. We choose to wound ourselves because sin corrupts. It taints us. It makes us aware of things we should have never known. It causes us to forfeit God’s best. Through sin, we lose innocence, purity, conviction, and integrity. We lose the joy and wonder of living like a little child, unaware of evil.
Tragically, we often downplay the personal consequence of sin. We think we get away with sin because we don’t see any immediate consequence in our circumstances. We don’t get caught. No one knows, or it’s “just a little thing.” But we must not downplay the effect sin has on our souls.
The woman who chooses adultery thinks, “I deserve to be happy. My husband doesn’t satisfy me.” She doesn’t realize that when she chooses unfaithfulness, she is corrupting her own soul. She thereby forfeits the highest virtues of selflessness, compassion, love, and obedience to God, all in the name of pleasure and self-gratification.
The man who justifies becoming involved in a dishonest business deal corrupts his own soul as he throws away trust in God, faithfulness, and hope in the Lord’s provision. When we choose sin, we never win. We always participate in our own destruction.
Maybe you have chosen sin and now you are grieving that choice. The good news is that God has said that if you confess your sin, He is faithful and just to forgive your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He wants to renew your heart through His Word and relationship with Him. And He even wants to redeem what has happened for His glory. I invite you to confess your sin to today and invite Him to transform you. You are loved.
Lord, please forgive me for sinning against you, and thank you so much for being a loving Father who is always ready to restore me and receive me. Thank you, Lord, for your love and grace. Amen.