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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 15:01:52 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: From Friend to Friend

Is Your Soul Worth It?
by Phil Sanders

Every Christian struggles with temptation
regularly. Often people make terrible decisions,
which can cost them greatly. Sin has terrible
consequences that cost far more than the pleasure
the sin might bring.

Moses wisely reasoned the cost of sin, "choosing
rather to be mistreated with the people of God
than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He
considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth
than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to
the reward" (Hebrews 11:25,26).

In making moral decisions, a wise Christian will
weigh out the cost at a time when he is not being
tempted, when his thinking is clear. We all find
ourselves vulnerable at times. Here are some
things to think about before you make a bad
decision:

Will doing this grieve the Lord who redeemed me
from sin?

If I do this and am caught, will it drag God's
holy name through the mud?

How can I look Jesus, the righteous judge who
suffered for me, in the eye on the Day of Judgment
and account for my actions?

Will my actions place untold pain and shame upon
my family?

Will I lose my family's respect if I do this?

Will my family and friends be willing to forgive
me for my sin?

Will this behavior destroy my example and
influence on family and friends?

Even if God can forgive me, will I be able to
forgive myself?

Will Satan, the enemy of God and all good, be
pleased with my behavior?

Will this bring lifelong shame upon me and upon my
loved ones?

Sin carries a higher price tag than most will pay,
if they had thought through the cost.

Paul said, "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked,
for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 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"
(Galatians 6:7,8,ESV).

Some people foolishly think they can sin and get
away with it. God always catches them, and they
always catch themselves. You can't fool God or
yourself.

A little wisdom today can help us avoid terrible
pain tomorrow.

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