Ugliness Of Sin

To say that sin is ugly is an understatement. We minimize the negative effects of our sin. Sometimes we overlook the evil of the sin of others as well. Sometimes we can only see sin for the evil that it is when others do something bad to us personally or to our loved ones.

Sin multiplies. Sin traps. Sin harms. Sin is an epidemic. Sin is hideous. Sin is devastating. Sin separates. Sin is unclean. Sin defiles. There is no such thing as a small sin. Sin will always cause problems. Sin will never solve a problem without creating a worse one. J. Vernon McGee said sin will always take you where you don*t want to go and cost you something you don*t want to pay.

Proverbs 13:15: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Mark 15:34: And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

The first and only separation between God the Father and the Lord Jesus from all eternity past took place when our sins (yours and mine) were placed on Jesus. He suffered death and separation from God the Father (which is spiritual death) on our behalf. The separation happened because God could not look upon our evil when it was placed on Jesus on the cross.

2 Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Habakkuk 1:13a: Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:

God hates sin. God hates sin because sin deserves His hatred. J. Vernon McGee occasionally used the illustration that a mother would hate a rabid dog that was attacking her child. God hates sin because it is worse than a rabid dog. It can do eternal damage, not just physical.

Proverbs 6:16-19: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

When we are in a right relationship with God we also ought to hate sin. Even though we hate it, we cannot escape from it. It is like an albatross hanging around our neck. One irony of the Christian life is that the closer to the Lord we get the more His holiness exposes the horrors of our sinfulness as happened to David.

Psalms 38:4: For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

We can*t run and we can*t hide and we can*t escape from sin and the results of it. We are worse off than a fly on fly-paper. Somebody always has to pay the piper. Apart from God*s intervention and mercy we will receive justice for our sins.

Numbers 32:23: But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

Job 4:8: Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Galatians 6:7: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Abraham sinned in impregnating Hagar. The result: the child she produced, Ishmael, and his descendants have been enemies of God*s people (Israel) for thousands of years. Even up to the present.

Lots daughters got him drunk and seduced him. The result: they each had a son. The sons produced 2 nations that were also the enemies of God*s people for thousands of years.

Jacob lied to his father Isaac to get the birthright. The result: Jacobs* father-in-law deceived Jacob in giving him Leah instead of Rachel. Jacobs 11 sons in turn lied to him and sold Joseph into Egypt.

King Saul disobeyed God in not killing all the Amalekites. The result: the Amelakites, the enemies of Israel and God were not destroyed. One of them claimed to have murdered Saul. Most Bible scholars believe Saul was already dead when the Amalekite came upon him.

The command to Saul is in 1 Samuel 15:3: Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

The Amalekite claimed to have killed Saul in 2 Samuel chapter 1.

David sinned sexually with Bathsheba and murdered her husband. The result: one of David*s sons raped his half sister. (David*s daughter) The rapist was in turn murdered by another son of David.

2 Samuel 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

David lied to Ahimelech the priest in 1 Samuel 21:4 and following. The result: 85 priests were killed by King Saul. Ahimelech*s son Abiathar escaped and told David about it in 1 Samuel 22:21-22: And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the LORD*S priests. And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father*s house.

David sinned in numbering Israel: The result: 70,000 Israelites died in a plague. (2 Samuel 24:15)

David was often in the presence of God and was reproved of his sin.

Psalms 51:3: For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Every sin has an appropriate penalty.

Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

James 1:15: Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

1 Corinthians 15:56: The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Romans 7:5: For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

Proverbs 14:12: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Sin causes the death of innocence.
Lying can cause the death of trust.
Sin can cause the death of a friendship.
Adultery will cause the death of a marriage.
Gossip will cause the death of a reputation.
Repeated sin will cause the death of a conscience.
Sin can cause more harm to the one sinning than the one sinned against.
All sin is ultimately more against God than people.

Psalms 51:4: Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Sin is awful enough that the Bible tells us to consider ourselves dead to it and even to kill it.

Romans 6:11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 8:13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Colossians 3:5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

On a personal level, I know something of the results of sins I have commited.

I heard the gospel often between the ages of about 7 and 12 years of age. I rejected it then and did not receive Jesus as my Saviour until I was 43. The result: 43 years of ungodly decisions which have harmed my health and caused me and my loved ones unhappiness.

One example: I smoked for about 25 years. Smoking was for me disobedience to my parents and a desire of the flesh and therefore sin. Even though I have now stopped smoking for 22 years there are residual effects. I have Coronary Artery Disease. I have had a couple of angioplasties. I will probably not live as long as I might if I had not smoked. (I now take my pills, watch what I eat and exercise). Praise God, I know that I will not die until God permits it and I know I am going to heaven when I do.

Laziness has cost me more than I can tell you.

Selfishness has cost me more than I can tell you.

There are things I have done that break my heart when I think of them now.

I have in my mind sins that it would be too painful for me to share with you. My goal is not to have you hate me but to hate sin. (Mine -- and yours)

As an unsaved person, I did not know how evil my actions were or the results they would cause.

Leprosy is a physical picture of what sin does to us spiritually. Leprosy eats away and destroys and disfigures the body a little at a time. Sin eats away and destroys and disfigures the soul a little at a time.

Billions of dollars are spent on trying to cure diseases and prolong our lives. It is money well spent. But we are treating the symptoms and not the disease. The root cause of all human disease and death is sin. We need to have the remedy for the sin -- the blood of Christ applied to our hearts.

Another horrible thing about sin is that it separates us from God.

Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

The most accurate measure of the awfulness of sin is the price Jesus paid for it -- His life and His blood.

Thank God that His forgiveness is available.

Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Have you ever seen the awful wickedness of your sin. Are you willing to forsake it and turn to Jesus Christ. Jesus* death on the cross and the shedding of His blood is the only antidote for sin.

Hebrews 9:22: And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

He longs to wash away our sin and make us clean.

Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Nothing Between by C. Albert Tindley

Nothing between my soul and the Saviour,
naught of this world*s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure,
Jesus is mine; there*s nothing between.
Nothing between like worldly pleasure,
habits of life though harmless they seem,
Must not my heart from Him ever sever,
He is my all; there*s nothing between.
Nothing between, like pride or station,
self or friends shall not intervene,
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved; there*s nothing between.
Nothing between, nor many hard trials,
though the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self denial,
triumph at last, with nothing between.
Nothing between my soul and the Saviour,
O that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor,
keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

Following are some passages that ought to encourage us.

Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Hebrews 9:26: For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Psalms 103:12: As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Isaiah 38:17: Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

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