How are we affected by sin?

Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord. Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and defiling many. Hebrews 12:14-15

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned. Romans 5:12

So the LORD God sent him away from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove the man out and stationed the cherubim and the flaming, whirling sword east of the garden of Eden to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:23-24

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace. Romans 6:12-14

Sin brings guilt, shame, and death into our lives, making us unclean before God, who is holy.

Most of us know that God doesn’t like sin. And most of us know that we shouldn’t sin. Sin causes problems in our lives and makes life much harder. It creates tension in our hearts, our families, and our relationships.

But what does sin do to our relationship with God? 

To understand the effect that sin has upon us, we have to understand something fundamental about the nature of God. God is holy. Being holy means that God’s nature is so pure and so good that we can hardly imagine it. His character defines what we long for—to be loving, good, filled with peace—but see only in part. And because God is holy, he can’t be in the presence of something that is unholy.

So if we sin, we are unholy. Does that mean that God stops loving us?

No. Never.

God could never stop loving us. That’s in his nature as well.

But, because God is holy, he can’t be in the presence of what is unholy.

So, back to the results of sin. Sin corrupts us and makes us unholy, and this unholiness separates us from God. We want to be close to our loving Father. We want to be in relationship with him, and he wants those things for us, too. But with sin in the mix, we’re unable to do so. Sin comes with a cost. 

Luckily for us, Jesus bridges the gap with his payment for our sin. He promised that the Holy Spirit would give us the power to reject sin and be more like Jesus. Spend some time in prayer today thanking him for what he’s done for you. Then spend some time asking God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and to make you more like his Son.

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