“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Sin started in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve disobeyed God when they ate a piece of fruit from the tree God told them not to. Since then, all people sin and struggle with it. Paul reminds us that God does not take sin lightly and those who continue to sin will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21). It is unfortunate because people who are not able to inherit the kingdom of God will be separated from Him forever in hell (Romans 6:23).
Is sin really worth celebrating? Sin hurts people. David is one person in the Bible whose life shows how much sin affects people. He sinned against God by sleeping with Bathsheba, another man’s wife (2 Samuel 11:4-5). After she became pregnant with his baby, he tried to hide it by having Uriah her husband come home from war to have sexual relations with her. After refusing to sleep with her, David had him killed (2 Samuel 11:6-24).
When we sin like David, it grieves the Holy Spirit and God (Ephesians 4:30). Lucky for us there is hope for sinners like us that we do not have to be slaves to sin anymore. We can turn to God for forgiveness, repentance and have Jesus as our savior. God promises to forget and forgive our sins (1 John 1:9). In the case of David’s sin, God still considered him “a man after His own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14).
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
Sin is not worth celebrating because it hurts others and separates us from You. We do not have to be slaves to sin anymore because of Jesus. He saved us from eternal punishment that we deserve. But with Your love and mercy, we can spend eternity in heaven with You. In His name we pray, Amen!