The Propensity to Sin

“So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet.” Matthew 18:8

Recently, I had a conversation with someone I have known for some time, trying to convince me that people are born into homosexuality.

“You’re right, “ I said. “We are all born into sin.” 

Romans 5:12 tells us, “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”

When ruled by our flesh, we each have a propensity toward certain sins. Each of us may have a different struggle with sins such as gluttony, drunkenness, lying, adultery, homosexuality, covetousness, greed, and the list could go on and on.

But, it’s still sin.

We can’t excuse it away, or take a pill to fix it. The answer is a real, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s Son. He is the answer. He is the Great Physician.

We must choose to be ruled by God’s Spirit rather than our flesh.

I John 3:9 tells us, “Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.”

May the Spirit of the Living God dwell in you richly, keeping you from the propensity to sin.


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