Sometimes people talk about having a ‘pet sin’. This is that one thing in their life that they know is wrong, but they continue to do it either because they can’t stop, or they like it that much. They might otherwise be living a really clean life, but they have this one ‘pet sin.’ But having a ‘pet sin’ is like having a ‘pet rattlesnake’. Eventually it will strike, and you will die from it.
In any given room of people you can ask, “Who here has a sin in their life?” Most hands will go up. But the reality is that no one has sin. Yep… you read that right. Not one single person has sin in their life. It is an illusion. We don’t have sin. Sin has us. The enemy has figured out that if he lets us think that we can control sin, we will try to manage it. But trying to control sin is like trying to control African trypanosomiasis in your body. “A.T.” is better known as ‘sleeping sickness.’ This disease is often acquired by a bite from an infected tsetse fly. “Symptoms grow progressively worse and include physical problems as well as irritability, psychotic reactions, aggressive behavior, or apathy which can sometimes dominate the clinical diagnosis. Without treatment, the disease is invariably fatal (nearly 100%), with progressive mental deterioration leading to coma, systemic organ failure, and death. Depending on the type of sleeping disease, an untreated infection will cause death within months, or after several years. Ironically, sleeping disease is treatable in almost all cases if caught early enough.” [Wikipedia]
You wouldn’t want a pet rattlesnake. You wouldn’t try to manage sleeping sickness without medicine. But you may think that you can control your sin. Sin is a poisonous destroyer. It will strike at the most unpleasant time and destroy the lives of anyone near it. We should treat sin like the fatal disease it is. One does not gain eternal life by fighting sin. But neither does one gain eternal life who plays with sin or does not deal with it like the poison it is. I’m not going to give you a list of sins to avoid or fight. You know what is right and wrong. As a believer, you have the Holy Spirit inside guiding you into all truth and convicting of sin. The first command and warning regarding sin was given in the Garden of Eden. God told Adam, “you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:17)
The apostle John talks about our relationship with sin, writing to the early Christians, “Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.
Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. You know that He was revealed so that He might take away sins, and there is no sin in Him. Everyone who remains in Him does not sin; everyone who sins has not seen Him or known Him.
Little children, let no one deceive you! The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil’s works. Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because His seed remains in him; he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God. This is how God’s children—and the Devil’s children—are made evident.” (1 John 3:1-10)
Today, don’t play around with sin. Don’t try to manage it. It will bite you. That poison, left untreated will most certainly eventually kill you. Thank God for the glorious gift of the blood of Jesus, which if applied to your life, will certainly heal you.
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