Effects of Sin
This piece came from Chuck's website daily devotional. I commend the website and writings of this man of
God & of great attitude! The worst effect of sin is to cause hindrance in your personal
relationship with God the Father, the Son (Jesus), the Holy Spirit (the Jesus follower's power
source)! Read on:
by Charles R.
1 Corinthians 5
Many years ago I broke my left hand. It happened
while I was working as an apprentice in a machine shop in Houston. The result was a trip to
the hospital and a surgical procedure, during which the doctor inserted a stainless steel pin
from my knuckle to my wrist to hold the bone in place while it healed.
During one of my follow-up visits, after the
surgeon examined my hand, he mentioned that he’d not be there when I returned to have the pin
removed, but he said his associate was well able to handle everything. Curious, I asked if he
was planning to take some well-earned vacation time.
“Yes,” he sighed, “I’m feeling a little drained
these days, so I think I’ll escape for a couple of weeks, play some golf, and relax.” Then he
added, “Also, I’ve got this little mole on my belly I need to have removed—no big deal, but
while I’m away, I’ll have that taken care of.”
When I returned to have the pin removed, I
inquired about my physician. The nurse stared blankly as the associate cleared his throat.
Without looking up, he said, “Didn’t you hear? He died last week.” I was absolutely stunned.
My mind whirled. I choked out, “He what?”
“It was cancer. When his surgeon made the incision
to remove a mole, then probed deeper, he discovered that his entire abdomen was laced with
malignant tissue. He never had a clue, just a slight yet steady drain in energy. Actually,
the only thing on the surface was that innocent-looking little mole. He didn’t live a week
after they sewed him up.”
Through the years I’ve often remembered that
incident when I look at the slight scar on my wrist. And I am reminded that sin is a lot like
that little mole. It starts “small,” but soon it is draining and devouring our spiritual
energy, like cancer in a body.
Because there may be little evidence on the
surface to attract anyone else’s attention or arouse suspicion, no one bothers to probe and
investigate the devastation these sins are causing beneath the surface.
All the while, however, these silent and
relentless killers are sucking motivation, draining energy, and blurring
Don’t wait. Before such sin eats deeper into our
souls, we need to ask the Great Physician to excise it—to cut it away so that we can become
spiritually sound and healthy.
While the mole of sin may appear small, its
tentacles reach deep.
Taken from Charles R. Swindoll, Day by Day with
Charles Swindoll (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2000). Copyright © 2000 by Charles R.
Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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