I Can’t Help but Sin so Why Must I Be Punished?

Hannah did it again. She felt the burning of her conscience but resisted it anyway. She lied. She told her parents that she was studying at her friend’s house when they were actually watching a movie.

“Why do I keep doing this? I can’t seem to help myself.” Even as she was still wrestling with these questions, a third one hit her: “If I can’t do anything to beat sin, why do I deserve to be punished for it?”

We may be helpless to stop sinning, but that’s not an excuse.

Sin is inevitable…

Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.

-Ecclesiastes 7:20

This is what Hannah was acutely aware of. Humans are born into a state of depravity (corruption) and we are utterly powerless to change our condition.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

-Romans 3:23

…but it still deserves to be punished.

Unfortunately for us, we are not excused for our sins simply because we are powerless to quit. If you take one thing away from this blog post, let it be this: Sin is highly offensive to God.

This is a good time to recall what sin is and why it’s so offensive.

BUT there is hope, after all.

Though we are helpless and powerless to save ourselves, there is another way out. We can accept help from someone who does have what it takes to overcome sin on our behalf: Jesus Christ.

If you believe in what He did to save you, then His saving work applies to you. He took the punishment for your sins, so you don’t have to. Instead, you’ll be free to enjoy eternal life.

Let’s talk about it

  • Is God’s punishment of sin fair?
  • Given that sin is inevitable, is the punishment of sin inevitable?
  • How does your hate for sin compare to God’s hate for sin?

Resources for deeper digging

Psst! For more on:

  • What’s wrong with sin: have a read through this past article (which I linked to earlier in this post)
  • What Jesus did so we don’t have to be punished: this is the other article that I linked to in the post. You may find it useful.

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