“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death” (James 1:14-15, RSV).
Jeff Raymond writes how, “During a recent trip to Florida, I saw what is called ‘Spanish moss’. At first, it appeared to be beautiful as I saw many trees either partially or completely covered. Upon closer inspection however, I saw how it clings to the branches, shutting out the light of the sun, causing the leaves to wither and die … Eventually the tree dies.” It’s choked to death!
Other things that appear beautiful can also be dangerous, destructive, or even deadly. For example, in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia one of the most beautiful fish has a deadly poison. Some beautiful flowers, too, if eaten can also be deadly.
Sin is like that. The things that tempt us can appear to be very appealing, attractive and even beautiful. But the more we indulge, the more we are engulfed, and ultimately destroyed. Whether the sins are so called “big” sins or “little” sins — all sins are deadly.
As the God’s Word, the Bible, says, “The wages of sin is death” — that is spiritual death, which is eternal disconnection and separation from God.
There is only one known cure for the deadly disease of sin … and that is God’s salvation. Whatever you do, don’t leave earth without it!
Dear God, thank you that you have provided a remedy and total cure for my sins in that you gave your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross in my place to meet the judgment price of my sins. For this I will be eternally thankful. Gratefully in Jesus’ name. Amen.”