There are some people who hate Godís law.† Perhaps they do not believe that God exists.† However, even if he does exist, they still do not want to obey him.† They want freedom, they say.† In other words, they want to be able to do whatever pleases them.† They do not want anyone or anything to rule over their lives.
Sadly, those people do not realise that something else is already ruling over their lives.† Their own wrong and evil thoughts, words and actions have control over their lives.† We call these wrong things Ďsiní.† Sin has control over the lives of everyone who will not allow God to rule over their lives.
Christians have invited God to be their king, and they accept his rule over their lives.† Nobody can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24); therefore, sin should have no place in their lives (1 John 3:8-9).† However, in reality, the first reaction of many Christians to a wrong or evil thought is weakness.† They allow their feelings to direct their actions in the same way as someone who is not mature (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).† They seem to forget that God, and not their strong desires, should rule their lives (James 1:14-15).
Paul clearly did not believe that Christians should accept sinís control over their lives.† Instead, he taught them to stand against it.† Christians should not approve of anything that is evil.† They should not give any attention to the wrong thoughts and ideas that enter their minds.† They should confess their sin to God so that he can forgive them (1 John 1:9).† They should recognise that sin is Godís enemy.† It is the opposite of what God wants his people to do.
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