Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
What is your price for sinning against God? Many years ago, one of my colleagues commented that everybody has a price. She then asked the question, what is your price? I told her that my price was already paid and it is the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Since then, I have come to realize that although Jesus paid the ultimate price, we continue to sin (1 Corinthians 6:20), and we have a price for disobeying God.
Our price may include the temporary pleasure derived from the sin, love of money or possessions, or a desire to be famous. The Bible says that Achan disobeyed God by stealing silver and gold (Joshua 7:19-21). His price was the silver and gold; he valued them more than his relationship with God. Even so, God gave him the opportunity to repent but he refused. The reality is that we all have unmet desires. When they are not submitted to Christ, we may yield to the first opportunity to have them fulfilled. Regrettably, sometimes the first opportunity is not approved by God.
Recently, I listened to the testimony of a woman who escaped from a religious cult. She informed that the initial attraction to the cult was the welcoming environment, characterized by the friendliness of members, and relatability of the leader. This woman had a desire to be loved and accepted and was searching for the ideal environment, and the “cult environment” seemed like the perfect opportunity to have her needs met.
Embracing God’s love and loving him.
Scripture says, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee (Jeremiah 31:3). When we meditate on this Scripture frequently, we gradually learn to love and accept ourselves with all our weaknesses. Hence, we exude love, acceptance, and confidence, thereby creating the environment that we desire. Also, we are more secure with our identity as God’s children. God will always love us and he desires that we accept his love. We do not have to understand the depth of his love or the reason.
As his precious children, God wants us to love him completely, “Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). When we obey this command, we trust him with every aspect of our life and will not go outside his plan to fulfill our desires. Thus, we can confidently declare that by God’s grace no price will entice us to sin.