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TODAY’S MEDITATION – Sin always has consequences (Romans 12:9)

When their sinful actions are exposed for what they are, many people tend to give their own definition of what is right or wrong for themselves. It can sometimes make us wonder what role we should take when witnessing someone in sin. But in all, we must always remember that God is the ultimate Judge, not ourselves, and we must always speak His truth with love and compassion (James 4:12, Matthew 7:1-5, Ephesians 4:15). Nevertheless, we must call out sin for what it is (Ephesians 5:11). People might demand to know who we are to ‘judge’ them. Just remember that the Sodomites asked Lot why he was judging them too (Genesis 19:9)! My brother, my sister, avoiding to address sin, whether we ourselves or someone else is concerned does not change the sin or the fact that deep down, we always know when what we are doing is wrong, and that our actions are unjustifiable or at least open to criticism, though we find it easier to condemn the messenger than to repent. So many believers are in this situation today, that’s why the Body of Christ is suffering. Yes, how many people ignore or deny the consequences of their sins? How many believers are still drug addicts, sexually immoral persons, gamblers, abusers, or suffer great physical, emotional, or mental anguish because of their sin and yet persist in it? The truth is that such people are likely not thinking clearly, just like the Sodomites: they have so entirely given themselves over to their sin that they obey its every command, regardless of the consequences. Any qualms or desires to change are often suppressed because of fear or frustration in failure. Even after sin has made life miserable, many such persons remain in it. My friend, sin will often blinds whoever serves it, and it only makes us fulfill the lusts of the flesh while destroying our relationship with God. You see, we have been called to live in the world to be witnesses for Christ while remaining not of this world in our conduct (1 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 12:2). That is a tough balance to strike. How many “good, righteous” young men and women turn away from God and begin living according to the standards of the world, choosing the worldly perspective and not the godly one? Perhaps it was a lack of instruction or knowledge! Yet, we all have access to the knowledge through the Word that shows us the effects of sin throughout. My friends, let’s learn to conform even our thoughts and perspective to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29), and as the Word says, “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]