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Choice and Reason

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The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living. Psalm 19:8

Why did God supply a list of sins to avoid? Maybe you’ve thought He’s simply trying to keep you away from things you’d enjoy. Maybe you’ve thought He just wanted to make Christianity a religion of rules.

Jesus summarized God’s list of laws when He said to love God and then love everyone else (Mark 12:30-31). If love is the reason to follow God’s laws then the choice to sin must be fueled by a lack of love for God and others.

While God’s grace covers your sin, and His mercy might keep punishment away, the truth is, sin grieves God. His sadness is less about your inability to follow His commands and more about the potential damage you inflict on yourself and others when you sin.

God doesn’t want you to sin because it damages your heart, mind, and soul. It also damages relationships. To be clear: avoiding sin doesn’t keep you from something fun; it keeps you from grieving God, hurting others, and inflicting pain on yourself. Perhaps this thinking led the apostle Paul to say in Romans 6:1-2, “Should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not!”

God’s words lead to life, promote healing, and can help restore relationships. They can serve as a warning signal and lead to rewarding life choices.
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