Sin is a word we don’t hear much in our current societal context. It has basically dropped from our linguistic lexicon. The Bible uses the word sin often. Therefore, we would do well to understand the concept of sin even if the world chooses to ignore it.
In the Bible, “sin” has several different meanings. It could mean any of the following…..
- Disobeying God (Genesis 3)
- Breaking God’s Law (Matthew 6:12)
- Fulfilling our own desires instead of God’s desires for our life (Matthew 4:3)
- Not taking the opportunity to do good (James 4:17)
As believers, we do not lost our salvation when we sin against God. (John 3:16-17) However, sin certainly has consequences for Christians. Let us examine a few today.
**Sin causes us to lose our witness. When we are caught in sin, we have a much more difficult time telling others about Jesus. Our reputation matters to people. And when we allow sin to destroy our reputation, they won’t listen to us as they will consider us hypocrites. Disobedience to God can result in a weakened, diminished testimony and is extremely dangerous for Believers.
**Sin also results in losing our closeness with God. The Scriptures teach us that sin hinders our prayer life. (Psalm 66:18) We lose our closeness with God when our prayers are hindered. It seems as if a veil is placed over our hearts when we trespass God’s commands. We need to hear from God and hinders our prayer-life in devastating ways.
**Sin causes us to be restless and have a wandering spirit. After Cain killed Abel, he was forced to become a vagabond and a wanderer on the earth. (Genesis 4) This story is emblematic of our lives when we sin. Sin never satisfies. Therefore, when we chase after sin we always keep wandering and searching for the ultimate satisfaction that never arrives. The only way our souls can find rest is in the forgiveness and cleansing of the Savior.
I will end with these words from John’s epistle.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9