In Psalm 51:1-8 David wrote, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. (2) Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (3) For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. (4) Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight…” Someone wrote:
“We are living in an age that minimizes sin, seeking to veneer its hideousness and gloss over its loathsomeness. People think of sin as a cold instead of a cancer, a creampuff instead of a rattlesnake. Sin has been excused, socialized and explained away by modern teachers and psychologists and all but argued out of existence. It has been soft-pedaled and perfumed, white-washed and decorated, until the average person is not conscious of its deadliness. It's like the ancient hanging gardens of Babylon that covered a den of voracious, wild lions – dealing death to any put in their dens.”
Sin has a medium of exchange that trades in SORROW, DISSOLUTION AND DEATH. Remember the pleasure of sin is for a moment – but it's wages are for eternity. James 1:15 puts it this way, "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."
Here is some food for thought – TEN reasons not to sin:
Reason 1: My sin always grieves the Loving God – Genesis; Isaiah 63:10
Reason 2: Because a little sin will lead to more sin – Romans 5:12
Reason 3: Others including my family will suffer the consequences due to my sin – II Samuel 13
Reason 4: My Sin makes the enemies of God rejoice – II Samuel 12:14
Reason 5: Though sin brings brief pleasure, in the end it brings eternal loss in Hell – Romans 6:23; Acts 5:3
Reason 6: My sin will influence others to sin – Galatians 2:13
Reason 7: Sin will take away the joy of spiritual life and fellowship – Psalm 51:12
Reason 8: Sin will close Heaven for my prayers – Isaiah 59:1; Isaiah 1:15; Psalm 66:18
Reason 9: Sin will rob me of my reputation and testimony – Psalm 35:21
Reason 10: Sin will bring sickness to my body and mind – Psalm 31:10
It is astonishing how soon the whole conscience begins to unravel if a single stitch is dropped. One little sin indulged makes a hole you could put your head through.
Thomas Jefferson said, “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes—a principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
When we die, we leave behind us all we have and take with us all we are.
Daniel Webster said, “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and counsel, there is no telling how great a catastrophe shall come upon us; and bury our glory in profound obscurity.
In His Amazing Grace,
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