The Bible warns us that sin brings death into our lives. But this is not just a statement about spiritual death or the eternal consequences of our sin. It has implications in our everyday lives.
Sin kills relationships. Think about it. When you sin against a friend or family member, it slowly chips away at that relationship. Eventually, if unchecked, sin can totally destroy a relationship.
Sin destroys emotions. Whether it’s your sin wreaking emotional havoc on someone else, or someone else wreaking emotional havoc on you. Sin has a way of killing us emotionally.
Sin is expensive. Whether it’s a divorce that leads to bankruptcy or a drunk driving accident the racks up the hospital bills, sin costs us individually and as a society.
Sometimes sin can literally kill. Murder is a sin, listed in the original 10 Commandments. War is the result of sin on many levels. Drunkenness is a sin, and drunk driving has taken many innocent lives.
Ultimately, sin really does result in spiritual death and separation from God. That’s what Romans 6:23 is talking about. But read on in the verse and you’ll see the good news. The point the author is making is that God rescues us through Jesus Christ.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Share an example of how sin can bring relational death. Has it ever happened to someone close to you?
- How can sin impact a person’s emotions?
- Share a time when your (or someone else’s) bad choices cost you financially.
- Read Romans 6:23. In your own words, describe spiritual death. How did Jesus defeat it?
- Are you confident that you won’t experience spiritual death? If not, talk about getting to the faith moment.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.