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3 devastating consequences of sin in your life

The unique perspective of the Psalmist on how not to be blessed. A thought on the consequences of sin as a rhythmic regression of your life.

Guillermo Gonzalez
Guillermo Gonzalez
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3 devastating consequences of sin in your life
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A Murder Hornet has the potential to kill a human when it stings. It seems like this fact has something to do with why they're called murder hornets. The question I've always pondered is; what does the process look like for a person that is about to die because of the sting of a bee?

I have never experienced this, but I can only imagine this person getting stung out in the field. He yells and runs away from the vicinity of the hornet. Then we see him walking in pain. As time passes, his walk is a little slower and slower. Then the person goes from walking to standing. Then from standing to sitting. From sitting to laying down and eventually dying.

This kind of image comes to my mind when I think about the description of the wicked person in Psalm 1:1. Here is what it says:

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers — Psalm 1:1

Many theologians believe that Psalm 1 is an index to the entire book of Pslams. Because of this, we must pay close attention to its words.

Notice first that the author says, "Blessed is the one…."

He is about to give us an idea of what it means to be a blessed person. The word "blessed" lets us know that this is a beatitude. Just like the ones found in Matthew 5:1-12 when Jesus gave us his Sermon on the Mount, he starts with the Beatitudes or blessednesses, so too the author of the first Psalm is giving us a beatitude.

But this beatitude is different because it's an apophatic beatitude. Apophatic is the practice of describing something by stating which characteristics it does not have. It's also known as Negative Theology. In other words, when you want to explain something, a good way to describe what that is by first defining what is not, which is what the author of Psalm 1 is doing here. He is about to tell us that a blessed person does not do the following things. What are those things?

Blessed is the one (1) who does not walk in step with the wicked (2) or stand in the way that sinners take (3) or sit in the company of mockers.

First, the blessed person does not walk in step with the wicked. Second, the blessed person does not stand in the way that sinners take. And finally, the blessed person does not sit in the company of mockers.

Notice the regression you see in the person that is partaking of sin. This person starts by walking; then we see this person standing, and eventually, we see this person sitting.

A complete rhythmic regression.

If life is like running a race (Hebrews 12:1), then sin is like running with a rope tied to your ankles. It doesn't let you run. Sin completely stops you and makes you sit. Sin paralyzes you. First, you start walking in sin, but then sin makes you stand, eventually making you sit. And then it also kills you.

There is good news, though. Like a murder hornet, sin in the Bible is represented by a deadly sting. Paul asked:

O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?
— 1 Corinthians 15:55

Where is the sting? I know where it's at – it was left on Jesus. He took upon the sting of sin and cut the stinger from the bee so that the bee, though it may still scare you, cannot sting you anymore, for it left its stinger on Jesus.

Jesus took upon our sins and nailed them to the cross so that all those who place their trust and faith in Jesus will be saved and have everlasting life. The Holy Spirit comes into your life and gives you a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind so that you don't have to be controlled and moved by sin. Instead, the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth.

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Computer Science graduate. Served in many churches as a Youth Pastor and Executive Pastor. Now I am the Lead Pastor of Mariners Church in Santa Ana, CA.