Sin. I am tired of it, both in my life and the lives of others. To be honest, tired is not the right word. I hate sin. Having said that, why do I and other Christians continue to struggle with sin in our lives? I think the reason is because hating sin is not the primary means to conquer it. (One caveat, this blog is about conquering sin, not cancelling it. Jesus cancelled sin on the cross and we can add nothing to His work. We are justified by his blood, not our own).
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, something in us changes. The Bible tells us that what changes is our heart (Ezekiel 36:26). We go from not loving God to loving God. (1 John 4:19). Before we accepted Christ, we looked at God as a mean boss, but after God gets a hold of our heart we see God as our loving Father; all of the sudden we have loving affections for Him.
This love you have for God is an extremely powerful force in your life. This is because your love for God compels you to do things that please Him and to avoid things that grieve Him. Think about it in terms of marriage, the more you love your spouse, the more you will attempt to not do things that break their heart. This is also true with our relationship with God.
This is why Jesus says in Matthew 22:37, “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’"
Why do the law and the prophets depend upon loving God? Because love for God is the force behind living a life in accordance to God’s will. Here is another great verse behind this truth:
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. “ – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
If we love God, passages like Genesis 6 should resonate with us. It should break our heart to know that we do things that break God’s heart. If we love Him, we should do things that He is pleased with, not grieved by.
Therefore, if you are a born again Christian, to conquer sin in your life, love God more. Pray that God would poor out His grace upon you so that with each passing day you see sin for what it is, a means of grief for a God whom you love.
Lastly, if you don’t care about grieving God, then you are in a bad place, for after we see God’s grief in Genesis 6, we then see God’s wrath. Those who did not get on the boat, were crushed because of their sin. Don’t be those people. Today, chose to get on the boat of Jesus Christ and let the love of Christ be the rudder of your life.