“3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” -1 John 5:3-4
Growing up I was never the type of kid that caused a lot of trouble. For the most part I did what I was told and tried to do it to the best of my ability. I was, and still am, a homebody. So much so that my parents never had to set a curfew for me because I was never out past 10PM.
There was one time that I found myself standing in a shop and the only person in the shop was the owner of the store. He was taking some boxes out to his vehicle parked out front and I knew I was the only person in the store. I was pretty young and remember thinking that I was the only one in the shop and I could take anything and put it in my pocket and no one would ever know. The owner was gone for several minutes and I stood there contemplating whether to do it or not. I was just about ready to do it when the thought crossed my mind about how upset my parents would be if I got caught. So I didn’t.
An important part of the story is that I didn’t want to steal because I knew my parents loved me and they would be disappointed and hurt that I chose to steal. The same should be true with our spiritual lives as well. We should choose not to sin because we know how much God loves us, not because we’re afraid of getting caught.
There’s no sugar coating it; God knows when we mess up.
When we sin we’re caught every time. When shouldn’t choose not to sin because we’re afraid of the consequences, going to hell or getting punished. l chose not to steal because I loved my parents so much and I knew it would hurt them. When I apply the same way of thinking to my relationship with Christ it makes sinning a little more painful.