Who Does Sin Hurt?

Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

When I was young, I thought “Why does God not want me to have fun?” It seemed liked most things that were tempting were also sinful. It also seemed like the more I did these “sinful” things, the more I wanted to do them. After a while, I had distanced myself from God and the sin became more acceptable to me and less convicting, temporarily satisfying even though never fulfilling. I could never sin enough to be satisfied, fulfilled, or complete. Who did my sin hurt? What about the people that my sin may have caused to stumble, did my sin hurt them? What about my family who was disappointed in my sin, did my sin hurt them? What about the consequences to my own life and relationships, did my sin hurt myself and my relationships? I think the answer to all the above is yes! But there is more…

I was raised in church as a child but I had an immature understanding of what Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provided for me. I thought His sacrifice gave me a “get out of hell” free ticket. It was great, I could sin and still go to heaven. For one thing, it was not free, it cost Him everything. As I have matured in God, I have realized that all those times that sin distanced me from God, it was also God that I was hurting. He hurt because He loves me so much that He wanted to continually embrace me, not only in eternity but in the present, yes here on earth. Secondly, just as when we see our child “go the wrong way,” it hurts us because we know the hurt that our child will go through and we hang on to the hope that they will return. Similarly, God is hurt when He knows we are walking into pain. He has NEVER been ashamed of us. His plan was never to keep us from fun but to keep us from pain. That does not mean that God is not hurt by the pain sin causes us. Hebrews 4:15 says “For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.”

Any sin we might commit is not even close to being so bad that the power of Christ’s blood would not cover it. The word “repent” simply means to turn around. God wants all of us, you and me, to turn towards Him and not away. He wants this because he wants to look in our eyes and say “I have missed you, I love you.” He does not want us to fear Him because it prevents us from being able to fully love Him! “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love,” 1 John 4:18-19. We love because he first loved us. Remember, He is not like us, we are like Him! He loved first! We are like children who were deceived, taken away, kidnapped but He is a good, good Father, determined to get us back at all costs! We were held for ransom and Jesus paid the price for us so we could have direct access, through Christ to God’s presence.

Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”
How about we turn around, face Him squarely, look on His face, and walk into our destiny!

Robert Haynes
Joppa House of Prayer

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