Your child was doing just fine until you told him “no.”
He was simply playing with his toys on the kitchen floor, completely oblivious to the danger around him. The thought of touching the oven never entered his mind. And he wouldn’t have touched it.
Except for one problem. You told him “no.”
You said, “Do not touch.” And immediately something changed. Mom says not to touch hot stove? Challenge accepted.
With only a sneak peek to see if you were watching, your innocent 18-month-old son, reached his chubby little paw out to touch it. To do the awful deed. To disobey. To sin.
Sin seized an opportunity. Before the commandment came, all was hunky-dory.
Enter commandment, and it’s like, “Yes, please. I was looking for opportunities to sin.”
This is how sin works. It is nothing, until a choice for right or wrong is offered. Sin sits there waiting, until someone says, “Here’s what you must not do.” Then it jumps at the chance.
In all actuality, your 18-month-old son is no more innocent than Hitler. Calm down. It’s not your fault. He came that way.
You think the human heart isn’t inherently sinful? Think again.
You sin when you want to.
You sin when you don’t want to.
You sin on purpose.
You sin without realizing it.
You sin because your heart knows you have the option. And left to yourself, you’ll always choose sin.
Sin crouches inside you, impatient and greedy, until there is a choice. And then you hear yourself say, “Why, thank you. I was looking for opportunities to sin.”
If it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Romans 7:7-11, 24-25
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