The Seriousness of Sin (Romans 6:1-2)
Romans 6:1-2, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Weeds are pesky plants that grow out of control and rob nutrients which would be used for other plant life. One of the problems with introducing new species into an ecosystem is that often they will disrupt the ecological balance and take over the area. Several examples of plants that have taken over large areas of the United States are the Dandelion and the Kudzu. Both are relatively contained in their natural habitats but have spread at alarming speeds in their new habitats.
Weeds certainly do not need to be cultivated. You don't have to spend time nurturing weeds for them to grow. Shockingly, they stubbornly come up even in the most hostile of areas. Pushing through cracks in cement and pavement, they arise and thrive in the harshest of places. In a garden, the things we want to grow take hard work and care, but the weeds just always seem to come back.
Sin is like a weed. It won't just grow where it is planted; it spreads far and wide, taking control and causing problems wherever it goes. A small sin won't stay small, rather, it will grow until it devours us. Sin will take over unless we allow the Word of God to take root in our lives. Sin is deceitful. Regardless of how pleasant it may seem or how trivial some may call it. Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.
As we look around, sin abounds everywhere. As the days get darker, sin has become widespread and very open. Unfortunately, it is even becoming more and more accepted today. Sin usually doesn't pop up fully grown-it starts small and begins overtaking us little by little. When we see a man of God fall, it is because there were other things that led up to that point. If we aren't careful, we can allow ourselves to become a little dirtier and dirtier until we can't believe how far we have fallen. Just as the Bible declares, sin brings forth death; never life (James 1:14-15)!
Just as we would rid weeds in a garden before it consumes the whole area, we should repent and of the sin in our lives that we can produce fruit of the Spirit. We need to take care of the little things in our lives before they take over. If weeds are not controlled, they will take control. Ask God to help you get rid of the weeds in your life today.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, what You say about my sin is true. Sin not only hurts me, but it also destroys my relationships with others, and it separates me from finding my blessings in You. Convict me of the sin that harms me and help me to turn from it. Help me to see the seriousness of my sin so that I might enjoy the goodness and freedom of Your grace. In Jesus name. Amen.
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