If sin were like a cold we would have a lot less sin. Or would we? Is there some similarities between a cold and sin? I think so. Let me explain. When you have a cold it affects your entire life. When you have a cold you can affect everyone around you. If you are aware that you are contagious however, and stay away from others, and not touch them, you can protect them from getting what you have. We don't however usually sin alone. I have been battling a cold, so I haven't been touching anyone, or getting close to anyone. I know what I have can potentially harm them. When people are in a lifestyle of sin everything they do is a potential danger to others. The difference is they usually don't care if they hurt others, and want to be contagious if you will.
Now think with me about how a cold affects your body. The virus doesn't just stay in your nose, or only affect your throat, no, it affects every part of your body. You may cough and those germs go through the atmosphere for others to breath. We can allow someone to use our cell phone, or our laptop, and transfer the germs in that manner. When we have a cold we are contagious, and it affects our entire body like sin affects our entire body, and not just our body, but the Body of Christ.
Just like the common cold affects our entire body, sin affects the entire body of Christ. Sin spreads. When we protect ourselves from sinning we can better able protect the Body of Christ from sinning. Sick people make people sick. Only healthy people can help to make others healthy. We need to model a godly lifestyle for others. We need to be proactive in what we believe. Our sin free life enables others to believe they can live a sin free life as well.
John 8:36 (NIV) "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
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Rena Perozich is a wife, mother, mentor, author, and encourager. Her life's purpose is to become all God has called her to be and to encourage others to do the same. Learn more.