Sin comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. As humans, we judge the severity of a sin by its consequences. For example, murder can result in going to jail for a lifetime, whereas lying can result in a broken friendship that can be mended. If I had to choose a consequence between the two, I would most likely choose the latter. Although the consequences of sin differ, sin is plain sin to God. Here are some qualities of sin that I jotted down:

Sin is pleasurable.

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” – Hebrews 11:24-25

The problem with sin is that it can be enjoyable, but only for a season. Admit it or not, we all have a sin that easily besets us, and all sin comes with ramifications.

Sin causes guilt and regret.

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”- Psalm 51:1

Sin breaks fellowship with the Lord. This causes guilt and regret. The prayer of David pleads for God to give him a clean slate.

Sin can be cleansed.

“What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

“Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”- Psalm 51:2

Only God has the power to wash our sins away. God does not despise a broken and contrite heart. He wants us to turn back to Him.

Sin must cease.

When the Lord spoke with the woman at the well who had lived with five different men, He instructed her to “go and sin no more” (John 8:11). This commandment is difficult. When I finally get myself corrected with one sin, I find that I need to work on another. It can be a frustrating battle. Perhaps you struggle with this too. Here is a poem I wrote in the back of my old devotional book as a help:

God Is Greater Than the Power of Any Sin

Whatever your struggle-
Whatever your sin-
The Saviour is willing
To take you right in.

Whatever vain pleasure-
Whatever your pain-
Surrender to Jesus.
He’ll use you again.

So rest not in pity,
Or your selfish will.
Sweet peace is just waiting
If His will you fulfill.

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Charlene Ilan, GSBC Professor

Miss Charlene Ilan and her family have been faithful members of NVBC for over a decade. She is an alumna of North Valley Baptist Schools and Golden State Baptist College and now teaches at GSBC in the English and Music Departments.