Power in Persistent Sin

Written by Joe Dardano

In my previous post, I taught how we can learn from Abraham’s persistent prayer to God in saving the few righteous people before destroying the town of Sodom. If the previous lesson we learned the power of persistent prayer, in this lesson I hope people can understand the power of persistent sin. Sodom burned up and evaporated after the last righteous person left town. The people who were devoured by the fire of vengeance refused to repent (Genesis 19:9). Although God’s mercy and patience far outweighs any human effort in these virtues, there is an endpoint or bottom line that people will come to face. God extends grace and abundant mercy, sending messengers for us to change our sinful ways; yet, at a certain point, God will say “enough is enough.” Sodom’s fate was the result of unrepentant sinful ways. Indeed there is power in the persistence of sin, and that power manifests itself in death (Romans 6:23). Jesus in a fit of righteous anger prophesied similarly in Matthew 11: 20-24 for the villages of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. In time, those three villages died out and people no longer inhabit them today. How we react to God’s call to repentance is vital and the fate of our salvation in God depends on it. Through our free will, we have the power to change the course of our lives if we decide to be obedient to the laws of God. Recall how Nineveh was spared after Jonah preached repentance and its king responded by covering himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes (Jonah 3:6).

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