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Getting Down and Dirty (3 of 4)
Series: Fight Club
1 Corinthians 9:25-10:13
OPEN: One man told about the time, when he was a boy, that a bully used to demand his lunch money every day.
He wrote: ''Since I was smaller, I would give it to him. But then I decided to fight back.
I started taking karate lessons, but the instructor wanted $5 a lesson. That was a lot of money.
I found that it was cheaper to pay the bully, so I gave up karate.''
(Fuzzy Memories, Jack Handey)
Last Sunday we talked about the fact that everybody sins at one point or another in their live. As Romans 3:23 says ''All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.'' We all fall down and stumble… we all sin now and again. And I went on to say that we shouldn't beat ourselves up over those times when we fail, because when we do fail, God wants us getting back up off the mat.
When we sin, John writes: ''If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'' 1 John 1:9
It's by the grace of God that our sins are cleansed when we confess them.
But all through my sermon prep for that sermon I kept having this nagging thought… some people are going to say: ''well if I'm going to sin anyway, why bother fighting it? I mean, God's gonna forgive me… RIGHT?''
Now Paul actually thought there would be people who might think that way so he addressed this matter in the first verse of Romans 6:
''What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?'' Romans 6:1
I mean, if I'm going to sin anyway… why lose sleep over it. Just go ahead and sin, and go talk to God in the morning, confess your sins and plan on doing the same thing - day, after day, after day. Just not worry about fighting against your sins. Just depend on God's GRACE to cover your them.
Or as Paul said; ''Shall we go on sinning so that GRACE may increase?''
It's like that young boy figuring it was cheaper to pay the bully ...
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