You better learn this one…
First off sin will end up costing you more than you want to pay, take you further than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.
Sin is anything that Jesus would not do. Sin is not only doing the things you should not do but it is not doing the right thing.:
Jas 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
It is very frustrating for me to see people that you love suffer because they refuse to do the right thing. I handle it better now than I use to. I pray more now for them and talk to them less because I end up wasting their time and mine when they don’t listen.
When someone has been affected by the actions of another then have a choice. They can forgive and develop godly principles, holiness and character in their lives or refuse to do those things.
Listen to what Jesus says about a person who refuses to forgive:
Mat 18:34 “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.
Mat 18:35 “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
You should read this chapter of Matthew if you have a problem forgiving someone because you do yourself and others around you a great injustice.
This chapter tells us that if God forgave us for a multitude of sins who in the world do we think we are not to forgive others?
Jesus says that we will be turned over to the tormentors until we do forgive. You see unforgiveness takes us to a place of hard heartedness.
We develop an unforgiving heart, a compassionate, loving, caring heart is left behind and we come into rebellion and disobedience. I have seen some really sweet, loving, caring people change because of unforgiveness.
I have seen people punish a spouse with isolation, silence and other methods to try to change a person and get them to live, talk and do things the way they want. It’s called a controlling person. They try to do the work of the Holy Spirit.
The relationship has a spouse walking on egg shells trying to tip toe around a spouse in order not do say or do the wrong thing that would cause the other person to lose it in someway. What a way for a couple to live.
Now if they have children and they claim to be Christians how they behave is the way they are disciplining their children.
They wonder why their children are not spiritual, don’t like to read their bibles and pray and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and go to church and have fellowship with other Christians.
Why? Because of their teachers. Words matter very little to a child, actions are what they are looking for. You can see how a couple not addressing conflict in a home and instead sinning by not forgiving and getting things right with God can be disastrous.
Now this for me is easy to see because the eyes of my understanding have been open by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
But you have people that either just don’t see the consequences of not forgiving, forgetting, moving forward to new beginnings or they do know to do what’s right but won’t.
They think that this sin is not as bad as taking drugs, smoking, getting drunk etc. Friend sin is sin and sin is so bad that God had to send His Son to die a horrible death on a Cross to pay for sin.
So what you may judge as not really being such a big sin, it took Jesus to die on that Cross to pay for your “insignificant sin” as you categorize it in your eyes.
Sometimes I think if you won’t forgive for your own self, and your relationship with God, wouldn’t you forgive for the sake of your children? For some, I guess not, they either do not care or they are blind to what they are doing to their life and family life.
You know it’s really to late when the kids leave home and don’t really want anything to do with church or God because of what they have seen in the home.
When they go out and end up in the back seat of a car pregnant, on drugs, drinking. Ending up immoral human beings because on the ungodly behavior they have seen in the home.
I mean hearing what I am typing right now would cause me to fall to my knees, cry out to God, ask for forgiveness and forgive others and draw close to God and my love ones.
Father’s Day is coming up. If you are a Father, you might want to examine what kind of Father you have been to your children. What kind of example have you been?
Have you set up Christian direction for your home? Have you set up bible study and prayer time with the family. Have you lead with mercy, love, compassion, pity, patience?
Have they seen godly character and integrity in your life? Have they seen their Father love their mother like Jesus loved the church by laying His life down for her.
Mothers, Fathers, brothers and sisters, it’s time to get the sin out of our hearts and homes and lives and get right with God. Have a blessed day and to all you Fathers, Happy Father’s Day.
If you want to be a good husband follow Jesus example if you want to be a good Father then follow God’s example.