Sin's Destructive NatureBro. David Chancellor
3/28/2004 6:00 PM
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
"That sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful." God's grace is greater than sin. Sin is a very destructive thing. It destroys our relationship with God. People picture sin as being appealing and desirable, but it is destructive. It touches many lives - a ripple effect that affects many others. Sin brings about many things that you otherwise wouldn't need, such as locks, security, etc. The effects of sin go on, even if it is forgiven. We all feel the effect of Adam's sin. It works the same way now. One comment can change entire lives. Sin leaves destruction in its wake. Sin can take a good thing and make it bad.
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
Some people don't like people who live right, but eventually it will come home. If you do enough sowing, eventually it will have an effect.
For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
These were against God in what they said, and in what they did. Damage can be done by both words and deeds. People who do evil have rewarded themselves. Our society has done this. Families are being destroyed by sin. People are misusing freedom. As sin is chosen, we're losing things of value. The Bible warns us about the results of sin. If we do right, we can reap for that as well. You have to sow good before you can reap it. Sin has long-lasting effects, even the seemingly smallest sin. The effects of sin can be felt for a long time, sometimes for the rest of your life.
And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
Achan had to pay for his sin, but others had to pay, also. The things he took didn't do him any good. He couldn't enjoy them. His family and everything he had was destroyed by one sin. Sin affects everyone. Thirty-six men died because of Achan's sin. Sin affects more than the one that commits it. There is always a victim when it comes to sin. Even the "little sins" cause destruction.
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
You can't hide sin. God sees it, and he doesn't smile on it. It's not just against others; it's against God. God knows his own, and he'll take care of them.
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
Perverseness is destructive. God helps us to have a "moral compass." He's our guide. Without him, we have no direction. Righteousness is better than riches. Riches won't bail you out in the end. We don't rejoice when someone dies lost, but we see the destruction that sin brings.