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.