Remember when you were a kid, and one of your classmates always had an excuse for not doing homework? That habit would eventually lead them to cheat on their first test. Although they would get away with it, if one day they were caught their first response would be to deny their action, causing them to lie once more.
Just like the snowball effect shown in the sample above, this effect can easily be observed in our lives when we sin. One sin can lead to a second sin which can lead to several others. This is well portrayed in the story below of John the Baptist.
For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. For John had been saying to Herod,“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. (Mark 6:17-19)
Herodias had committed a sin. She had been found guilty of adultery by leaving her husband, Phillip to be with her brother-in-law, Herod. Phillip’s brother! Although others might have turned a blind eye to the event because of her influence, her sin was not forgotten by John the Baptist. Having her sin exposed lead her to commit another: having the life of John the Baptist taken.
This story highlights an important message for us when we find ourselves thinking of committing a sin — will I be caught? For example, one may think that lying to his mom is okay because he can hide the truth. However, one might not lie to his boss only because he has a lot of ways of finding the truth and having him fired.
As Christians, the main fact that should prevent us from sinning is God hates sin and we live to please and glorify Him. However, sometimes, the only factor that is determining whether we should sin or not is if will have our sin exposed or not. That is when we should remind ourselves of Bible verses like the ones below.
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-15)
Our God is completely saint and flawless and Christ was not found guilty not even once. Our main goal in life should be trying our best to follow his steps and being holy as He is. We know that is not an easy task to do, and we will fail a lot of times. However, we must remind ourselves that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Besides that, we don’t have to be alone in this process.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
That doesn’t mean we should be sharing all of our sins with everybody. However, especially that sin you have been committing a lot, it can be really helpful to confess it to someone you trust and ask for prayer. This can help you to understand better the things you are doing wrong and encourage you to not commit the same sin again.
In this life, we might get away with hiding some sins even the ones where the snowball effect was observed. However, one day everything will be revealed and we will have to give an account before God for each one of our acts (Luke 12:2 and 1 Peter 4:5). Before thinking of committing a sin, let’s not evaluate the earthly consequences we might have but the after death ones. Let’s remind ourselves of the holiness of our God and how great it will be spending eternity by his side!