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The Wages of Sin is Death

But God has provided a way we can experience the joy of eternal life.

When we sin, there are always two sides, the natural side and the spiritual side.  When we steal, lie, commit adultery, or most other sins, we can often see the natural results, for adultery destroys a marriage and may even influence relationships that are not directly affected by our sin.  If a sin is just the result of intense temptation, there may be repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation, but habitual sin is difficult to forgive.  However, without repentance and forgiveness, the sin remains and will destroy relationships over time.  Unforgiven sin kills.

Sin kills our relationship with God as well.  Sadly, it is not God who is rejecting us; we are rejecting God when there is unforgiven sin in our lives.  In our heart, we know that we sinned, no matter how much we try to gloss over our “foibles”.  As believers, we also know that God sees our sin as well, and with that in mind, we cannot face God and therefore we turn away from Him.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom6:23).

Thankfully, God made provision for man’s sin from the foundation of the world – the forgiveness of sin through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  However, forgiveness is not automatic: we must acknowledge our sin and ask the Lord to forgive us.  Asking for a blanket pardon does not cut it, we need to repent of any specific sin and come before the Lord with our humble request to forgive us, knowing that we are but dead men because of our sin.  If we do that, we have the solid promise from God that He is faithful and just to forgive us of every one of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn 1:9).

Once God has forgiven us, we are assured that He will never bring up those sins again, and we will live eternally in His presence.  He said that He removes our transgressions as far from us as the East is from the West (Ps 103:12).  It is as if we had never sinned.

One nagging question:  If we don’t take our sin seriously and don’t repent of it, are we really sure that there will be no consequence when we are called home by the Lord?  Would it not be a lot safer to listen to the admonitions of the Scriptures and repent every time the Holy Spirit reminds us of any event where we have some cause for regret?

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Author – Klaus Meyer | BCWorldview.org 


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