Monday, January 19, 2015 4:09 AM

A Three Letter Word with Four Letter Consequences

Monday, January 19, 2015 4:09 AM
Monday, January 19, 2015 4:09 AM

Sin is the three letter word that is the result of man’s fall. We often speak of not committing sin. We often speak of how the Bible tells us to deal with sin. The unbeliever hesitates to come to belief from their judgment of sin in others, or the lack of it in themselves. The unbeliever and believer many times see God’s requirements as hard; Jesus said that my yoke is easy.

Matt11.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Jesus also said: Matt11.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

What we see as hard the Lord said is easy, and it is better for us. How can we find rest for our souls? When we realize that “sin”, a three letter word has four letter consequences, “pain”, we than come to understand what Jesus is saying. When we speak of sin in someone’s life we are really speaking of the pain that is now being caused or will be caused.

Addiction, divorce, lying, stealing, and the list is long. Each sin comes with pain, pain to oneself and to those that are around them. The pain never equals the satisfaction or pleasure involved. The satisfaction and pleasure are only allusions for a moment, but the pain is usually for a lifetime.

When the Apostle Paul starts each of his letters with “grace to you and peace from God the Father and His son Jesus Christ”, Paul is saying that the grace in your life brings you peace. Correspondingly the sin in your life will require more grace and the consequences is a lack of peace. Jesus also said

John14.27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

The Apostle Peter tells us to stop our sin and to pursue peace. We trade pain for peace: a good exchange.

1Peter3.11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

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