The Ripple Effect of Sin
During a recent conversation with my daughter, she told me that she has become increasingly aware of how it affects others when we sin–how it affects our family, our friends, our neighbors, and even those we don’t know. We tend to think that we can sin in isolation, but nothing could be further from the truth. Sin has a ripple effect. It “always costs us more than we want to pay and takes us farther than we want to go,” leaving us with collateral damage.
Not long ago a friend told me about a decision she had made many years ago while standing at a proverbial “fork in the road.” She had been in a situation she desperately wanted out of. God had told her what He wanted her to do–to stay where she was and to work it out–but she didn’t want to do that. During a “talk” she had with God on the subject, she told Him: “I don’t care what it costs me, I want out.” And she walked out. It is no surprise that this decision cost her much more than she had ever anticipated or wanted to pay.
Choose to Obey God
There is an old saying: “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” When we seek things in life that are contrary to God’s will for us, the results are predictable. God has given us a free will and He will allow us to head down the wrong path if we choose to do so.
A Bible teacher we particularly enjoy listening to put it this way: “When you are out of your place, you are out of His grace. When you are out of His grace, you fall on your face.” When we choose to go our own way, we bring pain and heartache into our own lives and into the lives of those who love us.
“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19b NKJV)