The high cost of sinning
Many today are concerned with the high cost of living while few seem to give any serious thought to the high cost of sinning.
There is a sense in which sinning is like buying on credit.
Enjoy now and pay later.
Multitudes apparently pursue a life of sin without any thought that what one sows, he will eventually reap.
It is impossible to fully determine the final price tag of sin.
There are a lot of "hidden costs."
While we are unable to calculate the full cost, it is possible to consider at least part of the cost.
First there are those present consequences which sin brings in our daily life.
When a person sins, his conscience is defiled.
If that sin is not Biblically dealt with, soon enough the conscience will not only be defiled, it will become hardened.
Once the conscience is hardened, there is less restraint in sinning.
Before one realizes it, he is giving favorable thought to committing sins that previously he would never dreamed of committing.
When men become less sensitive to sin, they have paid a price which is far greater than they realize.
The high cost of sinning also involves the effect that sin has upon others.
The Bible teaches that no man lives to himself and no man dies to himself.
Whether we like it or not, our lives do influence others either negatively or positively.
Think of the sorrow and heartache caused by words which have been spoken in bitter anger.
Think of the utter havoc and devastation which has been done in the lives of young children because their parents were too selfish to make a success of their marriage.
Who could measure the anguish and grief of a family who has lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver?
Surely we would agree it is impossible to measure the effect sin has on others.
Finally, we need to take a close look at what the Bible has to say about the cost of sinning.
In Romans 6:23, we read "The wages of sin is death...."
When the Bible speaks of death, it means more than mere physical death.
It means beyond physical death there is eternal separation from God.
That is the price that must ultimately be paid for sin, unless that price is paid for by another.
The Bible teaches that Christ was in every way a substitute for those whom He came to save.
The same verse that says that "the wages of sin is death" also says "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."