We all have a sin problem. Some have sin issues that are loud and easy to recognize. Some have hidden sin issues that are not quite as obvious. But make no mistake; we all have sin issues.
The Bible is full of people who had sin problems. Even Paul, the writer of two-thirds of the New Testament spoke about his personal sin problem in present tense.
I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. Romans 7:15 NLT
Sin is attractive. Let’s be honest. There is pleasure associated with sin. That’s the reason why every single one of us has given in. It’s fun to get your own way. It’s fun to indulge in selfish desires. Sin is pleasurable and it has the appearance of a good thing.
Sin is destructive. While there is pleasure associated with sin, it is fleeting pleasure.
For the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23 NLT
There is spiritual death associated with sin, but sin also comes with circumstantial destruction and relational pain. God defines sin out of his great love for us. He sees the consequences set in motion by wrong decisions and he seeks to protect us from the ravages of sin.
Sin is forgivable. Here is the good news of the gospel, the core of Christianity. Jesus went to the cross and paid the penalty for our sin so that we would be forgiven and free. You don’t have to live another day under the destructive force of guilt and shame. You don’t have to manage it, rationalize it, justify it or try to live with it. You can let it go. Here’s how:
- Be ruthlessly honest with yourself.
- Accept responsibility for your faults
- Ask God for forgiveness
- Just believe God is that good
- Receive fully his forgiveness
- Choose to forgive yourself
Sin is defeatable. You can overcome sin in your life. You just can’t do it on your own. Faith in God and the work of Jesus on the cross provides complete and total forgiveness of our sins. And faith in God provides complete and total victory over sin.
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! Psalm 32:1-2 NLT
Even though we will never be perfect in this life, his power is available to give us the victory.