Let me just start by drawing a general line as to what sin is just so we all have at least the same baseline. Sin is something that we are not supposed to do. Plain and simple. That's all I want us to agree on. So now, when I say, "Sin sucks", what I'm saying is that it sucks when we do something that we are not supposed to do. Jesus said that we should hate sin. I hate it. I hate the way it makes me feel physically. I hate the way it makes me feel mentally. I hate the way it makes me feel emotionally. I hate the way it makes me feel spiritually.
I would say that I have a life centered on Christ. But, I still do what I am not supposed to. I know that, to some of you out there, you might think that because I live a life centered on Christ, that I shouldn't do what I'm not supposed to. And, you're right in an ideal sense. However, I am still human, just like you. Society holds Christians to a different way we should live our lives in public and private. And, ideally, we should as we represent Christ. But, we are still human. Just because I am a Christian does not all of a sudden give me a superpower that helps me to always to do the right thing. What it represents is that my life focus is on Christ for my help, my energy, my guidance, my worth. It's when my focus drifts off of Christ and on to something else where I get into trouble.
“And then it's the beginning of one foot in front of the other all over again, like starting the counter all over after "falling off the wagon.”
Focus can be shifted by anything: money, love, work . . . When I look toward money and my way of getting it or keeping it, instead of focusing on Christ to provide whatever I need, I can mess up pretty badly. When I look elsewhere for love instead of Christ and His love washing over me, I can get pretty self-centered. When I focus on work, I can loose site of Christ altogether in the busyness that work can create. Sin is easy and always feels good . . . in the moment. After, though, . . . it's pretty gross. I know I mess up. Then I have to fess up. I have to go before Christ and confess. Why? Because I need to admit when I have done something I shouldn't have done. My focus is recalibrated on Christ through His forgiveness and washing of His blood over me. And then it's the beginning of one foot in front of the other all over again, like starting the counter all over after "falling off the wagon".
Sin sucks the energy right out of me. Sin sucks my focus off Christ. Sin sucks in my emotions and mental strength. Sin just sucks. However, it is the amazing love of God that He sent Christ to stand in my place and take the punishment for my sin, my mess ups, my fuck ups. Christ gives energy, gives strength, gives control, gives me His life for mine. Don't underestimate the enemy. He is always right there trying to knock your focus off Christ. He tries to lure with everything one might want or need for instant gratification. And, it works more often than it should. I fail far more often than I should. I do what I am not supposed to do far more often than I should. My focus gets knocked off Christ far more than it should. But what I do have is the hope, the knowing, that Christ is still with me all the time even if my focus isn't on him. His unfailing, unconditional love is always waiting for me. Do I have consequences in the real world when I don't do what I am supposed to? All the time. I take those consequences and do what I can to make it right. I apologize and atone for my mistakes. But I always know that the more I keep my focus on Christ, the more difficult it is for me to do what I am not supposed to do. Sin sucks!
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