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To Sin or Not to Sin: That Is the Question

Sin. Some may consider this a touchy topic, but there are others who really want to know, “Is it okay to sin?” To answer that question, we must go to the original and most authoritative source on this topic, The Holy Bible. The Bible instructs, guides, and helps us to understand the kind of life God wants us to live and how we should feel about sin.

Let’s start by defining sin. It is the act of disobeying or transgressing God’s Divine Law. If God commands or instructs us that we are not to do something, and we do it anyway, we’re sinning. The reverse is also true.  If God tells to do something and we do not do it, it is also sin.

The first sin committed by humans occurred when Adam and Eve defied God by eating the fruit that He told them not to eat. Their disobedience caused them to be banished from the Garden of Eden, a special place that God prepared just for them. Their punishment was to sweat and toil in the ground just to eat and to bear children in sorrow.

Adam and Eve did not know that their bad decision would impact the world in the way that it did. They didn’t know of God’s plan for His people to live eternally with Him in love. In the moment that they sinned; they were focused on what they desired, not the outcome of that bad decision. And how many of us are like that today? We are focused on the moment’s pleasure without considering or even knowing the eternal impact of the decision.

When deciding whether to sin, we should weigh our choices, knowing there will be surely be repercussions for making the wrong decision. Yes, there is always a wage or payment for sin, according to Romans 6:23 (KJV).  Ultimately, the wages of sin is death.  Although we may not physically die the moment that we sin, it will lead to eternal separation from God in the end. The death mentioned in Romans 6:23 is the second death, found in Revelation 21:8.

Throughout the Word of God, we read that sin is in opposition to God’s plan for our lives. It is the very thing that separates us from God.

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 (KJV)

A reason that we often continue in sin is because we feel free to do so. But one thing we must think about is the grace of God.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV). 

God is loving, kind, merciful and full of grace. He does not want us to live or die in our sins. He is very patient with us, often giving us time after time to repent and change our ways.

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (Lamentation 3:22 KJV)

But being able to experience God’s grace doesn’t mean we have the right to willingly sin.

There may be times when we find ourselves caught up in sinful behavior, even though we try our best to obey God. If our hearts are right before God and we want to do what He tells us to, we have help through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Jesus came into the world to save His people from their sins.  By His death on the cross and the blood that He shed for us, we can believe on Him, have our sins washed away and live a new life in Christ.  We can become new creatures in Him.

When we have the power of God in our lives, it is possible to choose to do the right thing. When we get saved through repentance for our sins, Christ will bless us to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  All we must do is ask for it.  This third member of the Godhead will help us walk in the new way of life that is pleasing to God.  Though there may be some learning curves and some adjustments, with the help of God, we will have the Power that we need to resist sin. I’m not saying it will be easy, but it will be worth it.

When faced with temptation, we all must decide whether we will sin, or not sin. We must decide if a sin is worth forfeiting the privilege of spending eternity with Christ. It is my desire that we all find the pure desire in our hearts to not only accept Jesus, but to obey Him as Lord and Savior as well.

Please pray this prayer with me.  Father, I thank You for sending Your Son to save me. I believe in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, and I accept Him as my Lord and Savior. I ask that You forgive me of my sins, come into my heart and cleanse me from all that is not like You. In Jesus name, Amen.