Resist Sin Like Your Life Depended On It

I’m convinced that many of us may not resist the temptation to sin as we should. It’s not
that we want to sin, because we don’t. It’s just that when temptation crosses our path, we don’t
fight it as though we were in a life or death struggle. We may resist, but often the resistance is
only token.
What if every time we sinned, an ugly scar appeared upon our face? How much harder
then would we resist sin? None of us would like to have our faces scarred each time we sinned.
Scars to our faces would be embarrassing, affect our relationships, and would affect our
behavior. I’m sure we would tenaciously fight the temptation of sin if succumbing meant a big
ugly scar to our faces.
Why would we fight harder to preserve our temporary flesh than we would to preserve
our eternal soul? The truth is sin does leave scars. Scars that often live with us for the rest of our
life. Our relationships are affected. Our children are affected. Our mental and physical wellbeing
are often affected. My friends, we must resist the temptation to sin; not just a token resistance
before you succumb, but a resistance that reflects a life and death struggle.
“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted
by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by
their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin,
when it is full-grown, gives birth to death” (James 1: 13-15).
Temptation leads to sin and sin leads to DEATH. Our life is a battle, a battle that will end
either with an eternity in Hell or an eternity in Heaven with God. Let us fight every battle like
it’s life or death! ~ Brad Tolbert