The Remedy for Sin
Duane Vander Klok
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8
Let’s face it, sometimes sin can be appealing. Sometimes sin even sounds reasonable and like it’s the right choice. Sometimes we try to rationalize our sinful actions by saying, “it was just a little white lie,” “It didn’t hurt anyone,” or “You just don’t understand my situation!” Sometimes sin sounds, feels, looks, and tastes good! Yet all sin leads to guilt, regret, shame, bondage, and ultimate separation from God.
Sometimes we can even rationalize our actions or addictions and say, “I’ll just do this for a little while, and then I’ll quit!” But it doesn’t work that way. Proverbs 5:22 describes sin as having cords. The danger of sin is that we like it! Sin doesn’t approach us and say: “Hey, if you take this path it will lead to unbearable sadness, the destruction of your marriage, the loss of your job, and a scar across of your life!” No, it comes to us wrapped in just the right box, with our favorite colored wrapping paper and matching bow.
There is only one way to remedy the course of sin: repentance. This may sound like a hot-button word, but all it means is “to turn back.” When sin comes knocking with another pretty present, we are called to ask for God’s intervention, God’s advice, and God’s guidance through the situation. Turn back to Him, and He will make your ways straight when you submit whole-heartedly to Him.
This week, let’s take an honest reflection and inventory of our lives. Ask for God to reveal the status of your body, mind, and soul. Turn away from those things, and begin to take the greater path towards Him.