“Don’t Let Sin Steal Your Joy”

“Don’t Let Sin Steal Your Joy”




  “The wages of sin is death…”

-Romans 6.23


words that were written by the Apostle Paul so many years ago, still send

shockwaves today to our very core.  Along

with death, sin has other horrible consequences that affect us and those around

us.  Sin causes us mental anguish,

crippling guilt and self-loathing shame. 

Our sin causes us to forget the joy and happiness that we have in Jesus

and focus on the bitterness of our wretchedness.  Our reading today takes us to Solomon as he

has dedicated the Temple the Lord.  After

all the celebration has ended and the people have all returned home from the

feast, the LORD once again appears to Solomon. 

During His exchange with Solomon, God offers some very crucial

information that just might help us find that joy that comes in Christ.

“And as for

you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of

heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and

keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over

Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a

man on the throne of Israel.” (1 Kings 9:4-5).

Did you notice that?  It is interesting that the LORD said that

David walked with “integrity of

heat and uprightness”.  If I correctly recall from our earlier readings, David was a liar who

faked being insane, who committed adultery and had a man murdered to cover it

up.  After all the sin that David had

committed God still considered him “a man

after His own heart” (I Samuel 13.14 ).  It would have been easy for David to wallow

in his guilt and shame.  In fact, the

Psalms record that at times David did just that.  However, God knew his heart.  He knew that after he sinned, he was

repentant for all his transgressions.  We

are all sinners, yet we still can be considered people of “integrity of heart and uprightness”.   Paul was right, sin does equal

death, but we didn’t let him finish, “…but

the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).    Don’t let you sin rob you of

the joy and happiness we have through Jesus Christ.