JANUARY 28 – SIN AND ITS AFFECTS ON OTHERS
Joshua 22:20 – Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.
There are times when we get belligerent and say, this is my life, I will live it the way I want and I am not hurting anyone else.
This is absurd and selfish reasoning. There are those all around us whose lives are intertwined with ours in some way. Our personal lives and friends we have are affected by the things we do. Our work lives leave a mark on those we work with. Even when we try to get away from family others are affected. No man can live only to ones self.
Achan took that which was Gods. Achan had no intention of involving others in his thievery and sin. Yet his sin was found out and his whole family was touched in a terrible way because of his sin.
Family will be the first to be touched. Fathers and mothers never get past the love, concern and care of children. What a child commits as an act of sin brings grief to the hearts of parents. Brothers and sisters are touched by lives of brothers and sisters that walk a wrong path. All in the family are touched in one way or another.
Where God directs us, we are to be an influence to good. We are in a sea of people to show them what is right and what is wrong. We are to witness to them about a Savior that forgives and cleanses us of all sin. We must realize that when we are saved, we are not left in the same life style we have been living but we are transformed and have a new life that is abundant. Achan caused his family to be stoned to death.
Let us not harm or condemn our family because of the lusts of the world. Let us cause our family to rejoice in the life that is lived in Jesus Christ.