Sin, a Realistic View (Resource Article, Supporters only)
The following are resources that can help the reader reenforce the concepts covered in the last two articles.
I’ve personally, fully read all of these articles and watched all videos. I can get behind what each of them say. I can also assure they are safe for all ages. However, I have not researched what the rest of each website and channel presents. I cannot say that the rest of the content produced by each one is usable or safe for all ages.
Psychology Today has posted this informative article on how to break bad habits…
Jed Brewer writes a great article about the realism and unfair judgement of sin.
At Compelling Truth (.org) I found a very nice, short article on how personal sin affects others.
Wellcast had done a great, humorous and very informative video about breaking bad habits. It’s only about 5 minutes long and gives some great technical info.
A dramatization of what getting deeper into sin can do to a person, about 6 minutes. If you think it starts out a bit slow, stick with it. By then end I was feeling the struggle deeply. It’s a good representation of what many of us have been through to get to Christ and to a better version of ourselves.
Matthew McConaughey gives a compelling speech about bad habits making us unhappy and keeping us less connected to God. “Eliminate who you are not, first, and you’re going to find yourself where you need to be.“ About 9 minutes, worth it…
Bible entries that relate to the articles about sin
4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions ... I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
25 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. 26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. 27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. 29 Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.
17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
There’s more, have you read the first two?
The feeling of holding more personal control is immense. The knowledge that you made the choice to stop before your consequences forced you, that’s hugely liberating. The feeling of being more connected to God, we’ll that’s not only the goal, it’s a gift that can move a person beyond words, beyond human made reward and beyond the chains that we wear without knowledge or consent.
Each bad habit I break lends toward a brighter and clearer connection to God. That’s one of the ways I break poor behavior. I remind myself about the rewards of doing it.