The tragedy of a sinful choice is not only what happens right now, but also the impact it can have on a person’s future and the future of the people surrounding that person. Part of the reason for any stupid choice we make is we don’t stop and think about the consequences of that stupid choice. Rationalizing that the choice is not wrong can lead us to thinking it’s not stupid; therefore, the choice won’t hurt or offend anybody.
But in reality, it is stupid to sin because we are rejecting the truth of God’s Word which has many commands, warnings, and promises for us to follow. We rationalize and justify our sinful thinking and actions, and we don’t deal with the reality that sin is never logical. We need to be honest and admit that sin is stupid, ungodly, destructive, and makes no sense compared to the holiness of God or the perfect example Jesus displayed while He was on this earth as a man (John 1:14). Jesus was holy and righteous in the sight of God, and He set an example that we should walk in His steps.
If we allow the light of God’s Word to shine on our hearts, we will clearly acknowledge that sin is stupid, selfish, wicked, unholy, condemning, divisive, destructive, and ungodly. It does not bring glory to God, and it’s not like Jesus Christ who “also loved you and gave Himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). One of the major areas we tend to minimize or often ignore is that sin always has a price to be paid. Ezekiel 18:4 clearly warns us, “The soul who sins will die,” and Proverbs 13:15 (KJV) says, “But the way of transgressors is hard.” Galatians 6:8 tells us, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
But thank God, through Jesus Christ and His shed blood, we can be forgiven and have a new life in Christ, and we will live with God for eternity, and the curse of sin will be removed!
Once again, Paul made it clear to us as children of God in Galatians 6:8 “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Even though God has warned us many times throughout His Word about the consequences of sin, we still make stupid choices to disobey God’s Word and bring about the results and consequences of our selfish choices which are a result of our selfish thinking because as a man “thinks within himself, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
Let’s admit it: Sinning is stupid! It’s not logical, and if we are going to please God, we need to repent which literally means ‘a change of the mind.’ We also need to obey 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Confess means to say the same thing God would say. We need to confess our sin to God and to the appropriate people whom we’ve sinned against.
We also need to ask God’s forgiveness for the times we are stupid by allowing our sinful thinking to lead to sinful actions instead of allowing our thinking and actions to be controlled by the truth of His Word.
We also need to ask forgiveness of the person(s) we have offended, and we need to restore our relationship with God and the person(s) we have offended. And when we are tempted to sin in the future or simply living our daily lives, we should always put on the mind of Christ and make a conscious choice to live like Jesus in the various situations God allows to come into our lives, our marriages, our families, our friendships, our ministries, or any situation.