Sin. It’s just nasty.
There’s nothing cute about it. We can wrap it and put a colorful bow around it but it’s still sin. It causes us to hate for no reason when we should love. It makes us arrogant and boastful when the credit really isn’t even ours. It’s the sin that causes us to look down on others while exalting ourselves. It’s sin that makes us feel justified in our evil deeds, as though we’re above man’s law and above God’s law also.  Sin is pitiful, pathetic and painful. Yet, when we’re engaged in it, we’re not aware of how pitiful and pathetic we are to others. We’re also not likely to be concerned about the pain we cause others. Our sinful nature is stupid, selfish and sick. We aren’t concerned with doing what is right; rather, we’re concerned with making ‘self’ feel good… immediately. It’s all about me and it’s about me all the time.  Delay my personal gratification?  Not an option. It’s sin that causes us to insist upon being first and most important all the time, at the expense of our brother.

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do (Rom 7:18-19).”  Without Christ in our lives, we are slaves to sin, doing whatever the flesh beckons us to do.  But thank God that through a relationship with Christ, we are made free from sin.  “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).”  “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness (Rom. 6:18).”  I thank God for redemption through the shed blood of Christ Jesus, our LORD.  Sin no longer has its grip on me and the fresh, yet nasty scars of sin are no longer there.  Thank God for His cleansing power!  “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18).”  For those who put their faith in Him, He’s given us a brand new life–where we no longer practice sin but have power to live a free and separated life!  Bless Him!

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