33 Reasons Why Not to Sin
But praise the Lord that in order to give us all the more reason to glorify Him, he not only saves us from our past sins (making us righteous in the sight of our righteous Father), but He chooses to sanctify us through his Spirit’s work in us.
The Spirit’s work in us could be well summarised as his teaching us to know God as we should and empowering us to act on that knowledge as we should. And a large part of that work involves teaching us to hate the sin that so easily entangles us.
So when I came across the passage below in a book that I was reading, I thought that you might find it useful. I invite you to pray through these 33 reasons not to sin. And if you start to feel that you are a dirty rag – don’t worry, that’s a good sign.
I was strengthened by these words in Heb 2v18: ‘For because He Himself suffered when tempted He is able to help those who are being tempted.’ He never asks us to go somewhere where he hasn’t already led the way, what a great leader we follow!
33 reasons not to sin:
We shouldn’t sin because:
- A little sin leads to more sin
- My sin invites the discipline of God
- The time spent in sin is wasted forever
- My sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me
- My sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders
- In time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart
- I am doing what I do not have to do
- My sin always makes me less than what I could be
- Others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin
- My sin saddens the godly
- My sin makes the enemies of God rejoice
- Sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost
- Sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership
- The supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience
- Repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent
- Sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss
- My sin may influence others to sin
- My sin may keep others from knowing Christ
- Sin makes light of the cross upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin
- It is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time
- God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin
- Sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony
- Others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins
- The inhabitants of heaven and hell would testify to the foolishness of this sin
- Sin and guilt may harm both mind and body
- Sin mixed with service makes the things of God tasteless
- Suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both
- My sin is adultery with the world
- Though forgiven, I will review this very sin at the judgement seat where loss or gain of rewards is applied
- My sin may be an indication of a lost condition
- To sin is not to love Christ
- My unwillingness to reject sin now grants sin a greater authority over me than I’d like
- Jesus Christ is my Saviour and Lord of my life
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