Felicitous greetings and salutations,
Reformer’s Unanimous is a faith-based addictions program dedicated to helping those bound by the shackles of sin to find liberty through Christ. They have assisted me greatly in the time that I have spent in their program and in the study of their materials. They have shown great wisdom in their understanding of the problems that beset us in our struggles in the process of sanctification. One of the bits of wisdom that Steve Currington, its founder and president, has propagated is the Ten Principles of RU. These ten principles are founded in Scripture, and are true and helpful to every Christian who is wanting to find Christ’s victory over sin in his life. Therefore, I am expounding these ten principles in a series of posts spread out over this month. This is the seventh.
OUR SINFUL HABITS CAN HURT THOSE WHO FOLLOW US.
We always tend to think in terms of ourself, naturally. We look at what we do in private, and say that our sins can only hurt us. After all, “What they don’t know won’t hurt ‘em,” right?
There are several reasons why this is wrong, but I will focus on two.
Firstly, we cannot compartmentalize our sin. If we yield to the flesh and the devil in one area, we are not walking in the Spirit. We are yielding our members to sin. Our whole walk with God is dramatically altered for the worse, and we do not have access to the life-giving and life strengthening presence of His Holy Spirit (at least not as much as before).
That means that sin will spread to every other area of our life. If we lust, our tongues will soon become bitter and angry. If we refuse to forgive, our hearts will start to envy. Etc. We cannot escape it.
Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Secondly, we cannot guarantee that others will remain unknowing of our sin. God does punish willful sin, and He sometimes does so in ways that are public (many times He does so). We cannot control our consequences, only our actions and choices. The only way to keep other people from finding out about your sin, is to not do it.
Luke 12:2-3 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
With joy and peace in Christ,