“Sin is always destructive in nature. That’s one indication that a habit, thought, or behavior is sinful — it’s sin if it’s destructive to yourself or others, and it’s sin if it damages relationships. . . . Sin destroys . Sin leaves a wake of pain.”- Bob Merritt
“We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”- James 3:2 (NIV)
In Chapter 2 (“Why the Old Life Won’t Die”) of Done With That, Bob Merritt confesses that he stumbles in many, many ways. And, like Pastor Merritt, sometimes we demonstrate awareness of that reality. However, we must show greater concern in regard to those times when we’re not cognizant of where we stumble and sin.
Writing in Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis described how people develop awareness of their blindness to sin:
“When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. . . . You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. . . . Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.”
As a result, Pastor Merritt contends, in some sense the old life still remains. Because sins like anger or gossip still dance in our faces each day. Hence, the author lists five things actually gone from the ‘old life.’ He covers the first 2 today.
1. Separation from God – gone. Jesus’ work on the cross eliminated the gap between us and God. Thus, that gives us direct access to God.
2. Hopelessness – gone. Now we possess the kind of confident hope that believes something will happen because of God’s promise. Jesus assures us of sins forgiven, membership in God’s family, and eternal life.
Today’s question: How have you face the always destructive nature of sin? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Dormant for weeks – our sin nature”