|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Sin is expensive”
The great evangelist Charles Finny (1792-1875) once made a statement about the cost of sin that helped me to gain a better understanding about the complexity of sin and the extent to which God has gone to deal with our sins. Finny wrote,
“Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Are you well aware, O sinner, what a price has been paid for you that you may be redeemed and made an heir of God and of heaven? O what an expensive business for you to indulge in sin! Think how much machinery is kept in motion to save sinners! The Son of God was sent down; angels are sent as ministering spirits to the heirs of salvation; missionaries are sent; Christians labor and pray and weep in deep and anxious solicitude; all to seek and save the lost … What an array of toil and cost, from angels, Jesus Christ, the Divine Spirit, and living men!”
Jesus paid a great price for our sins. God then goes to tremendous effort to deal with our sins and to get us to repent of them. What an outrage it must be to Him for us to find entertainment in and to take pleasure from the very things that nailed Jesus to the cross! Sin is too expensive for us to toy with it like that. The effort made and the price paid to compensate for those sins is too great.
And beyond that, God’s real problem with our sins is not what the sins do to Him, but what they do to us. Seriously, God can handle our sins. Although our sins are an offense to Him, they do no damage to Him. After all, He is God. The damage from our sin is the damage we do to ourselves and to others by committing those sins. God loves us so much, and He cares so much about us, that He is grieved when we hurt ourselves and others like that by indulging in sin.
There is great truth in what Finny wrote more than 150 years ago, “O what an expensive business for you to indulge in sin!”
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