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Have you ever wondered how someone becomes a thief or even a killer? Most aren’t born that way. They grow into their life of crime one step at a time. A robber doesn’t start with a bank. He goes after Mom’s jewelry first or takes money from Dad’s wallet. Did you know most serial killers don’t kill humans first? They usually begin with animals and then work their way up to men or women.

jewelry-box-313900_1920Punish a family member when he steals
from you, and he might never steal again.

Colossians 3:5 tells us to Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. All these sins in this verse started out with another sin, usually pride. The more we get away with, the more confidence we build to do something worse.

A child’s first sin is usually a lie. Once they get away with it, the lies grow, and so do the sins.

Some don’t think of lying as being as bad as murder, but it’s just the beginning. Most drug users start off with cigarettes then go on to alcohol and marijuana. When that no longer suffices, they move to harder drugs. Adulterers seldom begin with the affair. It usually starts with a look, then talking, then a touch.

steps-1081909_1280Get away with a “small” sin,
you might move on to larger ones

One step at a time. That’s how the devil gets hold of us. He tells us what we’re doing isn’t that bad. The checkout girl shouldn’t have given me back too much change. Besides, I don’t have time to return a dollar the store will never miss. Justification is one of Satan’s favorite tools. But if we sin once and get away with it, we’ll sin again.

Small steps lead to larger sins.

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The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself. –  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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All Christians will sin. And most of us know deep inside what we’re doing is wrong. The difference is between those who justify their actions and those who repent.

We must do our best to guard against any type of sin, whether we consider them large or small. And if we do sin, recognize it for what it is. Not just for our relationship with Jesus Christ, but for those who might be watching us as well. Too many people turn from God because Christians don’t behave very Christian-liked. I don’t want to be one of those who talks the talk without walking the walk.

How about you?

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We’ve all heard the term “sins of the father”. This simply means that the sins of the father are visited upon his children.  But how does this happen?

In 2 Samuel, David committed two terrible sins. He’s committed adultery and murder. The Bible reads, ‘Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the battleHittite to be your wife.’ When Bathsheba becomes pregnant, David doesn’t step up and admit he did wrong. No, he sends her husband Uriah to the head of the battlefield knowing he will be killed.

David’s story then becomes a sad one. The son he conceived with Bathsheba dies, another son rapes his sister, one son kills another, and one tries to take over David’s kingdom.  Could it be they all learned what their father had done?

Children learn by watching, not listening. If you do drugs, lie to your boss, or bully others, your children will eventually do the same themselves. Where do most kids learn their first curse words? From their parents.

We need to raise our children to do what is right. If we don’t do drugs, and explain to our children why it’s so smokingdangerous, they might not want to try them at all. However, telling your kids the dangers of smoking while you have a cigarette hanging out of your mouth doesn’t come across as true.

Not only should we not sin, but we must teach our children how to treat others. If you show respect to the minister but shun the cleaning woman, you’re teaching your children that titles matter. However, if you go out and feed the homeless instead of heading to the stadium to meet that famous baseball player, you’re teaching your children that everyone is important.

We must teach our children the correct ways. It will then break that cycle of ongoing sins such as drug use, alcoholism, gluttony, greed, and pride. And the best way to teach that is through God’s word. If we read the Bible in front of our children, they will read the Bible. If we pray in front of them, they will pray. However, if you find no time for God, your prayingchildren will do the same.

Laziness is running rampant in this society. Too many expect the government to fix such things as obesity and “wants” of our society instead of just needs. People feel entitled without doing anything to deserve it. And it’s being passed down from generation to generation. We must teach our child that hard work pays off. We must teach our children there are consequences for their actions.

Most importantly, we must be the guide that shows our children how to live correctly in order to stave off the hardships that could not only visit them, but their own children as well.

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