By Steve Higginbotham
I’m convinced that many of us may
not resist the temptation to sin as we should. It’s
not that we want to sin, for we don’t. It’s just that
when temptation crosses our path, we don’t fight it as
though we were in a life or death struggle. We may
resist, but the resistance is only token.
Not long ago, a friend of mine
(Reed Swindle) gave a lecture in which he raised this
question. What if every time we sinned, an ugly scar
appeared upon our face? How much harder then would we
resist sin? Good question. None of us would like
to have our faces scarred. Scars to our faces would be
embarrassing, affect our relationships, and would affect our
behavior. I’m sure we would tenaciously fight the
temptation of sin if succumbing meant a big ugly scar to our
You see where I’m going,
right? Why would we fight harder to preserve our
temporal flesh than we would to preserve our eternal
soul? The fact that we can’t see the “scars” sin
leaves upon us doesn’t mean they’re not there.
Friends, resist the temptation to sin; not just a token
resistance before you succumb, but a resistance that
reflects a life! and death struggle.
- Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ
in Knoxville, TN. He may be contacted through the
congregation's website at
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