Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Sin is a killer. Sin does to your life what scissors do to a rose. Cut the stem of a rose and you separate it from its source of life. Sure, when you see it immediately after the cut, it will still look beautiful. Its color will be vibrant, and its petals strong. But just give it a little time. It won’t be long before the color fades, the leaves wilt, and the petals fall off. And think about it for a moment, no matter what you do, you can’t make that rose live again. Water it all you want. Replant the stem. Super glue it to the rose bush. You can even baptize it in fertilizer if you wish. No matter what you do, the rose is dead.
Sin has that effect on the soul and that’s why I hate it so much. When we are cut off from God, our life-giving source, the soul withers and dies. The consequences of sin is deadly, that’s why I hate it so much. The result of sin in your life is not just a bad day, or a bad mood, no! The result of sin is death—a dead soul.
You can be sure of a dead soul because there is evidence: cursing lips, poisoned mouths, feet that lead to cruelty, and eyes that look to anything but God. When sin completes its work, all that remains is a dead soul. James wrote, “Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” [1:15]. That’s why I hate sin so much.
True, there is no remedy to bring new life to a rose that has been cut off from the bush. But that is not true of Christ followers because, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” [1 John 1:9]. I say, “HALLELUJAH!” What do you say?
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Romans 6:23