Sin Nature: Process of Sin
Process of Sin
Sin is a tough subject to talk about because it is about the things we are doing wrong. Yet, to God sin is about, not missing the mark, and hitting the target, becoming the amazing person God intended you to be.
When we sin, we feel bad and our shame drives us to leave the presence of God. Sin leads to more sin because shame makes us feel like garbage. When you feel like garbage the pleasures of sin are more appealing and the deadly cycle starts. The pleasure of sin becomes the escape from our emptiness. With each act, the heart hardens toward God, and we continue to hide in shame.
When we compromise the image we have of ourselves, self-respect plummets and so does respect for the values in our life. Acts of sin destroy the pure image of who we are. We no longer hold our head with a clear conscious. Instead, we display our talents, skills of possessions as a cover up.
Shame creates a fear of rejection. Fear of rejection creates the desire to be needed, which contaminates relationships. We can become people pleasers or accept abuse because we are desperate for love or chose isolation for protection against possible rejection.
The further entrenched we become in sin, the more we desire stimulus to change how we feel and the aftermath of sin becomes emptier. So we take a step further, more alcohol, harder drugs, hardcore porn, eating binges, TV marathons, driven by the desperate need to escape the pain of shame at all costs. The aftermath is a person ruthlessly self-centered.
As our value system deteriorates, healthy priorities are ignored. We don’t care any more. Addiction consumes us with a selfish greed for pleasure. The nerve pathways designed by God for healthy pleasure associations are now twisted into a grotesque need for destructive acts. Inside we know we are doing wrong and want freedom but the hunger for pleasure destroys any healthy response.
When sin becomes a singular obsession, Satan is given total authority and is quick to use it. For this reason, a strong Christian leader can quickly fall into total depravity and cast off all restraint. Powerful spiritual forces are at work without the protection of God.
By Tom Coghill of Fasting.ws Articles may be copied or reproduced as long as the back links to fasting.ws are intact and the author’s name is included.