You have probably heard the old saying, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and make you pay more than you want to pay.”
Sin, as defined by God, will hold you back from the blessing of God and REAL success in life. It will ultimately lead to death. Sin kills. What we need more than anything else in the world is God’s blessing. The gifts that come from Him are far better than anything anyone can perceive or achieve for themselves. Sin says you can’t have the blessings and gifts from God.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
On the subject of gifts, one of the greatest gifts and graces from God is the revelation of our sin. When God convicts and reveals specific sins in your life, He is showing you grace and leading you to repentance. Why would He reveal our sin nature and specific sins to us? The answer in short is, because He loves those who belong to Him with a special love, and refuses to leave us in our selfish ambitions and sinful desires. When God reveals your sinfulness, He is proving His love for you and showing you a better way.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:25-32
Note: I used all CAPS on the word REAL above because humans tend to over exaggerate their success or define it differently than God does.