The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14-15
Sin always has a cost. For most of us it is rare that the cost is as server as what God handed down after Adam and Eve committed the first sin or what happened to the serpent but there is always a cost. Even for the Christian whose sins have been forgiven because of Christ’s work on the cross there is a cost for sin.
Many times this cost is internal. You will agonize over the sin to the point of not being able to concentrate on anything else. You find it impossible to forgive yourself. In this case the punishment is self-inflicted. But in many cases your sin, especially if it is ongoing will cost you in failed relationship. You lose the trust of those around you.
We also pay the cost for our sin nature. We too suffer because of the first sin. Our lives are harder than they should be because of sin. But the funny thing about the cost of sin is in most instances God does not have to do anything. No fiery judgment from the heavens. No floods or pestilence. In most cases rather than punishing us for our sins God is there trying to get us to accept His forgiveness and repent and get on with our lives.
Too often we stagnate and are unable to get past a particular sin. Our walk becomes slower and slower finally coming to a halt. We feel unworthy. We question is God really loves us. All God wants us to do is come to Him, repent of the sin and ask for the forgiveness He is ready and in fact has already given us. He wants us to have a relationship with Him that can only start by our asking for forgiveness.
Have a blessed day,