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A Satisfying Sin

Sin is fun. There, I said it, and even though it is ­uncomfortable to read, you know it’s true. We like our sin and we hold on to it as long as we can.

We’ve all heard the same lessons over the years. We know that sin is only temporarily satisfying. We watch that show we know we shouldn’t, but only because we want to know what happens next in the story. We say that word we shouldn’t, but it feels good to explode in anger for a moment. We cheat on that test, but it was only once, we didn’t have time to study this time, and of course it will never happen again. All of those small sins give us small moments of satisfaction that are “no big deal.”

Small sins grow. We know this too. We’ve seen it ­happen. We’ve watched a small sin, added to another small sin, and then another, grow until what was a “one-time, no-big-deal” sin turn into a long drawn out process that wasn’t supposed to happen. Let me give you two short scenarios:

A woman has been fighting with her husband. She knew she shouldn’t have said the things she did, but it felt right at the moment so she did. Life was tense for a while, but she wasn’t going to apologize until he did first, and she knew that wasn’t going to happen. Meal times felt stiff, so they quit eating together. He started staying later at work, so she did also. As she felt more distant from her husband, she was spending more time with her manager at work. He was never attractive to her before, but they kept working in close quarters and his cologne was nice. Maybe he’d be nicer to her than her husband, she begins thinking...

Here’s another scenario—Money had been tight for a while, but the young couple had always been able to make do. He was a finance guy and knew they should be saving, but it was easier to eat out, go on dates, and have fun. So when the radiator blew in one of their cars, they didn’t have the $687 needed to get it fixed. He started to get a ride from his wife to work, but it was causing a lot of tensions sharing one car. He knew there was a box at work in the filing cabinet with cash in it. It was labeled “petty cash,” there to be used when needed for small purchases, and it was almost never used since most of the employees that made purchases had company debit cards. The cash wouldn’t be missed before it would be replaced, so he took it home and got his car fixed. Only next month the dishwasher went out and he didn’t have the money for that either, much less enough to replace the petty cash at work. What if his boss found out!

Sin most often starts small and then escalates. We don’t jump feet first into the biggest sin of our life—we work up to it. Then we make a big mess.

One of the best descriptions of sin is that “sin is like a sneeze—it feels good when it happens, but it leaves a big mess.” We must be careful and mindful about sin. We must be vigilant against the devil’s temptations. We must realize sin is bigger than a little decisions; it is a precedent that will turn your life upside down. Just read Romans 1.18-32 and think soberly about sin.