February 15, 2011

Sin looks good now, but you'll regret it later

While reading chapter 6 of Martin Luther's commentary on the book of Romans last night, I read this at the end of the chapter regarding verse 21.

"As long as passion burns like glowing fire, it appears as though it were something good and were bearing good fruit, namely, satisfaction and delight.  But when sin is finished, it appears to him who becomes conscious of what he did and repents, as most detestable and as something (disgraceful) which makes him blush with shame."  Martin Luther's Commentary Romans.

But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.  Romans 6:21, ESV.

The greatest threat against to a Christian is sinning against God and treating the blood of Christ as a common thing (Hebrews 10:29).

The threat of sin is no different from a person whom you know is a Christian than from a person whom is not.  It is damaging to whomever has fallen to the empty promise that it is not as bad to engage in whatever activity of sin that is presented.

There are more than enough stories that we have all seen in the news regarding various people that are in ministry, whether they be Christian, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, or of any other faith background, whom have been caught in a terrible and embarrassing sin.

What every believer needs is a perspective of sin that is exceedingly sinful (Romans 7:13) to ourselves, as it is to God.  It must become detestable and shameful to ourselves when it even breaches our lives.

The apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:13-16 that we should live apart from the sinful habits of the past and live in accordance with God's perspective of holiness in our lives.

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:13-16, ESV)

Don't make Christ's death on the cross an act of worthlessness to your life. His death was for the punishment of every act of selfishness and sin you and I have ever committed and it was a huge price to pay, to God, to satisfy His judgment upon His Son - for us.

Please don't make the atonement of Christ an object of regret because of your selfishness to sin for a moment.  If you have, repent before God and know that He is gracious to forgive when we come to Him with a humble and contrite heart.

Remember this verse, when faced with the temptation to sin - 

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57, ESV.

Don't allow yourself to be defeated by sin because it might look good now, because you will regret it later. Deeply regret it.

Faithfully live in Christ.