One wonder if there is any sweetness or pleasure derivable from sin. Indeed, there is, or, there are. Sin is a transgression of the law of God. It is doing what is contrary to the laws of God. How then should a transgression against God make a sweet dish? How and why should one find that pleasurable?
For instance, God frowns at fornication. Yet, an unmarried man who involves himself in premarital sex will have the same sweetness or pleasure a married man will have at the point of ejaculation. Ejaculation doesn’t know who is married or unmarried. It will be pleasurable in equal proportion. To the sinning fellow, the act is sweet.
It is an enjoyable feeling to ride in a car you own. It is sweet. It cuts off the hassles of public transportation from you, especially in a city like Lagos. If you stole and appropriate a neighbour’s car for your personal use, you will derive the same pleasure from the stolen car as you would from a car of your own. The car cares less about who drives or owns it. Yet, coveting and stealing a neighbour’s car is a transgression God frowns at.
Sin is sweet so far it satisfies the transgressor. The sweetness of sin, however, turns suddenly sour when the negative effects it portends begin to manifest. Before long, the man who takes pleasure in displeasing God comes to face the consequences of his sinful acts. He will eat the meal of worms he spent time preparing. It is distasteful.
Sometime in late in 2016, a relative of mine committed an offence that was punishable by law. He got arrested and was subsequently charged to the court. He was remanded in the Kirikiri prison pending the determination of his case. I was furious at him for his action. He had sinned both before the laws of the land and before God. It was a condemnable action.
My wife and I decided to visit him in the prison. To see him alone was tortuous. The long wait and the unnecessary payments to prison officials were appalling. When he was finally brought out to meet us, I could only see him in a shadow of his former self. With just a few days spent in the prison, the man had changed. He had gone lean and his skin had responded to the inhumane condition of the confinement he was in. We chatted for some time before he was taken back to the prison.
As we descended the staircase in the prison yard, my eyes were misty. I managed to exit the prison gate before I let the rain fall. I couldn’t contain my tears again. I cried like a child. I wept as if I had lost a soul to the devil. A policeman who was some distance away understood the situation since we had just come out of the prison yard. He called me to encourage me to be strong. As he talked, I wept even more. My wife kept pacifying me too. That day was the second time my wife saw me cry.
After crying to my satisfaction, we left the place on a bike. We had travelled less than a kilometer when we got involved in an accident that was to keep me away from work for some days. This added salt to the injury of having cried profusely few minutes earlier. I cried, then I got my knee injured in an accident.
The ripple effects of sin are sour. You may commit a private sin but the effects it will leave behind may not be personal. Others may eat the sour cake your sin serves. The immediate sweetness you derive from perpetrating a sinful act will evaporate in seconds when you get caught up in the web of its results. The even sadder consequence is that others may be at the receiving end of your act too. Going to visit a relative who sinned got me involved in an accident that could have been worse.
A sinner enjoys no freedom. A sinner has no rights. He is entangled and he cannot live a full life regardless of the pleasure he thinks he enjoys. Regardless of the gains sin make you gather; you will come to face the negative consequences even as others may be affected by it. You need to believe you can steer clear of sin. You need to turn to righteousness. You need Jesus to know what sweetness really means. Begin the year with Jesus and in full righteousness by believing in His atoning blood. Give Jesus a room today.
Vessel Anani Sunday K. (VASK) is saved by grace.