One called “sin” the saddest word in the Bible and in human speech. Sin is the fountain of woe, the mother of sorrows, as universal as human nature and as eternal as human history. It can be labeled as "the cause of all war and violence and hatred and sorrow and pain." Sin alienates from God, establishes fellowship with the devil, bring moral perversion, sears the conscience, and ultimately issues in death (Rom. 6:23). There are some things that we all need to know about sin.
1. Sin is made to look attractive. When
Eve beheld the "forbidden fruit" she saw that it was good
for food, pleasant to the eyes and desired to make one wise
(Gen. 3:6). What she did not see was sin's true nature. It
brought pain, suffering, death and separation from God. Sins
true colors are seldom seen until too late.
2. Sin is fun. The writer of Hebrews
commended Moses because he turned his back on the
"pleasures" of sin" (Heb. 11:25). Anyone who would suggest
that sin is not enjoyable simple does not understand how
Satan works. Sin is not only made to look good, but brings
some pleasure when pursued.
3. Sin never produces everything it
promises. It is enjoyable, but the pleasure is always
short-lived ("for a season", Heb. 11). A few minutes of
euphoria may result in a lifetime of misery and pain.
4. Sin is destructive. Its destructive
effects may be experienced now and throughout eternity.
Solomon observed that "the way of the transgressor is hard"
(Prov. 13:15). Life is made more difficult because of sin in
our lives. If it is not dealt with, it will lead to eternal
separation from God (Rom. 6:23).
5. There is forgiveness in Christ, but
the scars still remain. Jesus died to save men from the
eternal consequences of sin. We never want to downplay the
importance of His role. He is the giver of life. Through Him
forgiveness is available to every man. But, though forgiven
is in Christ, the ghosts of a former life of sin often
linger to haunt us. The best advice for life was offered by
the apostle Paul when he wrote, "Abstain from all appearance
of evil" (1 Thess. 5:22).
- Author Unknown; via the
Belvedere Beacon, the
weekly bulletin of the Belvedere church of Christ,
Belvedere, SC. Ken Chumbley preaches for this
congregation, and he may be contacted at their website: