Because you trust me as a Bible teacher, I want to tell you that sin is not an issue in my life. I want to tell you that, but it would be a lie. Yes, I belong to Jesus, He has saved me and redeemed me and continues every day to transform me into His image. He has done such a work in my life where sin is concerned. But like every other human being, I was born with a sinful nature and sinful desires – perhaps different from the things that tug at you, but sin is a real and present danger for me just as it is for you.
How do we handle our bent towards sin? Here are a few suggestions:
- Recognize sin for what it is and don’t make excuses or exceptions for it. (Psalm 51:3)
- Keep God’s Word close – in your hands, in your mind, and in your heart. (Psalm 119:11)
- Keep God closer. (James 4:7-8)
- Keep sin at a distance. Don’t put yourself in positions you know lead you into sin – whether places, events, movies, T.V. shows, websites, or even people. Take the way out. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
- Repent when you do sin. (Acts 3:19).
The prayer I find myself returning to again and again is: “Lord cause me to love you so much that sin has no appeal to me.” I came to that prayer while meditating on Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart.” I realized that if God is my delight, then I will desire only Him and that is a desire He is more than willing to fulfill. And if God is the delight and desire of my heart, I will take no delight in sin and will instead be repulsed by it because I love God with all my heart. And if I love God with all my heart there is no room in my heart to love sin.
I know I have a very long way to go before that is the reality of my life. Sin still beckons to me. But this is my prayer – and the desire of my heart. Beloved, will it be yours too?