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The Effects of Sin

Posted on June 27, 2022 at 4:20 PM

Monday Meditation - The Effects of Sin 6/27/2022

 

I’m a sinner. I know I fail (a lot) and I make bad choices. But I do try to improve. What helps me to stay away from sin is when I realize that my sins do not just affect me, but they affect others as well.

 

Some people may say that only the “big sinners” – like murders and rapists – have sins which affect others. They may state that for average people their sins are minor and only affect themselves. An example might be a person who has the sin of chronic indulgence in some vice, like alcohol, food or even excessive gaming. That sin may harm that one person, but how could that possibly affect others?

 

I believe sin certainly can affect others besides the sinner. I have known a few chronic indulgers who no longer were able to function effectively at work or with their family and friends. Their work suffered (one was unable to keep jobs), and marriages deteriorated. These people no longer could (or wanted to) keep up healthy relationships and their families and friends suffered losses. To me, their sinful behavior definitely affected others.

 

I recently spent a little time looking at each of the sins that tend to keep cropping up in my life. I thought about how that sin harms me, and I also pondered how it is or may be affecting my husband, my family, my friends, my spirituality and my volunteer activities. This process was eye-opening! It was quite clear that I have been hurting others as well as myself with my sins, and I need to change.

 

I know I am not going to be able to expunge all my sins, and maybe I’ll never be completely rid of some. But I can start by working on the ones who have the most serious effects on others as well as on myself. It’s going to take some work even just to reduce the frequency of my sins, but I certainly want to try, especially now that I am aware how my sins may be hurting those I love.

 

Have you looked at your sins lately? If not, perhaps you could take some time this week to review a few of your sins and note how those sins affect you as well as how they are affecting others in your life. Awareness is the first step toward making changes, which could bring about some new blessing in your life.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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