The Beauty of Sin

by Lee Buford on November 17, 2011

The beauty of sin is a horrible lure for all of us. Something so terrible, taken at face value, would never be appealing to anyone. Hence the disguise of the temptation that lies therein.

There is NO beauty in sin. Despite how good it may look or seem, any sin is only destruction in a shiny package. It destroys families, wrecks careers, sabotages entire organizations, and wrecks relationships and friendships at all levels. There is no “maybe” in regards to the ultimate outcome or result…only anger, hatred, bitterness, destruction, and death.

James MacDonald describes the warning as well as I’ve ever heard it, saying, “when God says don’t sin, He’s saying don’t hurt yourself.”

Sure, others are hurt by our sins. There are always victims, recipients, and innocent bystanders in reality…the ones whom we sin against. But the ultimate effect our sin has on ourselves is the most often overlooked. At least until the walls come crashing down around us and it’s too late to change course…at which point we’re left in shambles and tears, desperately searching for anything to stop the pain.

God hates sin, and so must we. By His grace, when we reach the point of seeing our sin as He sees it, then and only then will we be able to repent and turn from the things that are bringing us so much anger, depression, hostility, and bitterness. Then and only then we will be able to glorify God in our actions as we fight sin on a daily basis, trusting only in the Gospel and the finished work of Christ on our behalf to provide the strength and ability we need.

Then and only then will we truly see that there is NO beauty in sin.

 

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Jonathan Pearson November 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm

So true. Great words man.

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