The Bible wisely says that whatever we sow we will also reap.
My own self-centered nature does not only affect my life, it will also have an effect upon all I come into contact with.
Sin is like an ugly blot on a clean page. Being selfish, lazy, thoughtless, telling lies and dirty stories will not only slowly ruin your own character, it will also poison other people’s. So often we just do not realize how much what we say and think and do affect others. [My personal experience with many so called pastors is this, that they have spoiled the families and brotherly relationships within the Church for personal gain and selfish motives; yet preach with actor’s face mask the moral values and corrective lesson without having any correction upon them. They even hate other servants of God for their own gain (financial and others) when such are not supporting their attitude of personal gain. Bible explicitly tells us [1John 3:14 to15 - ….anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.) Such have no eternal life in them ie. They do not have Christ Jesus in them (1John 5:20B), because Bible says Jesus Christ is the true God and Eternal Life. Not only that 1Timothy 6:12 commands every man of God to run away from financial gain and to take hold of eternal life.]
A drunken father will bring untold unhappiness into his home and seriously damage the lives of his family. A selfish ‘I’m always right’ attitude will quickly destroy the happiness of a friendship or marriage.
Sin is like weeds in the garden; if not rooted out they will soon overrun it. Quite small acts of dishonesty can so soon spread into attitudes and habits we cannot break. The first drug fix will almost without our realizing become a prison we cannot escape from. One harsh word, if not followed by an apology and forgiveness, can make a relationship sour and strained.
Worst of all, sin separates us from God. Sin is like a thick cloud which blots out the sun. This is why God seem to be miles away. He is very near, all around us, but sin acts like a great barrier between us and God.
See that car – a good engine, plenty of petrol, but it won’t start. Why not? Dirt in the spark plugs.
Sin acts like this between us and God. He is pure and holy. He hates sin, but loves us. Our sin blocks the way to Him. God longs to make the way himself known to us but He cannot, because sin gets in the way.
The root of the human problem is that, like bad car drivers, we each see the world from our own view point and are determined to get our own way. The Bible calls this self-centeredness ‘SIN” or iniquity.