When I think back to all of the deliberate sin I took part in and even initiated I have huge regrets and great sorrow. Yet I also have rejoicing because God allowed me to live me long enough to repent and I know he has forgiven me. I am not suggesting I am sinless. I’m just so much less sinful than I used to be.
I have been taught, and through my own studies, I have learned and am still learning, how God wants me to be. The more I strengthen my relationship with him and know him, the more I want to be like him and please him.
“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Hos 8:7 This scripture paint a vivid picture for me. How does one sow the wind? We can’t even see the wind; we can only see the effects of it. In my mind I imagine planting a tiny seed of corn and watching it grow to a very large stalk. Same way with the wind, I imagine a gentle breeze turning into a tornado, and tornados usually leave a path of destruction. Sin can be just as enjoyable as a gentle breeze, yet left unchecked, it too can leave a crippling path of destruction.
We all know there is pleasure in sin, if it wasn’t; no one would be sinning. Yet that pleasure is only for a season.
I have to take inventory from time to time and examine myself to see if there are (idols) things in my life that shouldn’t be, whether it’s in how I speak, what I watch, what I read etc. If it isn’t going to please God then I don’t want it in my life.
Sin has consequences and there is no getting around it. They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. Jer 12:13
We bring trouble on ourselves when we neglect and refuse God and it won’t be without cost.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Gal 6:7-8