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If you’re playing games with your sin, stop!

Key Points:

  • 1 John 1:10 says, “If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.” Many of us can “make God a liar” by acting like our sins aren’t sins.
  • Some people enjoy the benefits of sin and they want it more than honoring God. “Sin is fun,” but it’s only fun for a season – until we realize that we’ve hurt ourselves and those around us. When we walk in a pattern of sin, we underestimate its consequences.
  • People can convince themselves that God is okay with sin, saying that the only option was to take the sinful course of action. We can often play the victim and rationalize.
  • For a person to get to a place of callousness toward sin, it’s often because they haven’t softened their conscience toward God. They don’t have a rich prayer life. They don’t fast. They don’t study the Bible. They show up to church out of obligation and are checked-out while there. They don’t serve. They don’t give. They don’t tell the people they know about Jesus or offer to disciple others.
  • It’s hard to “fake” your faith when you’re living life with other Christians and mentoring and serving others. This is one of the reasons we should all be connected to other believers – accountability and confession.
  • If you’re playing games with your sin, stop! Don’t just confess it to yourself. Confess it to God and confess it to a trusted friend or mentor who has your spiritual well-being in mind. Trust that God will honor your faithfulness and that he will provide avenues for you to escape sin.

Quote This:

1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

See Also: Christian Living, Sin

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. How do you know if something is sinful or not?
  3. Pastor Bryan says “Sin is fun, but only for a season.” Explain why you agree or disagree.
  4. Read 1 John 1:10. Be bold: Have you “made God to be a liar” by denying or rationalizing sin or sinful patterns in your life? If so, why have you denied these things?
  5. Read 1 John 1:9. Does God want us to deny or rationalize our sin? Explain why or why not.
  6. Read James 5:16. Why should we confess our sins to one another?
  7. Who are some people in your life you trust who you could confess your sins to and be accountable to moving forward? Why are these people trustworthy?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.