“…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV)
We all have beloved sins. Sins that we are prone to. Sins that seem to cling so closely to us or entangle us. Sins that you seem to love to commit but once you have committed them you hate them and wish you hadn’t committed. Do you know what your beloved sins are? Here are some questions that might help you diagnose where these beloved sins reside:
What sins do you repent of and confess most often to God?
What sins give you the deepest grief?
When or where do you most often know the right thing to do and do not do it (James 4:17)?
If you could do any action you wanted or if you could live out any fantasy and have absolutely no consequences before God or man what would you do?
Is anything coming to mind?
If sins or areas of sin are coming to mind then you may have found your beloved sin. This sin needs your special attention. This is the sin that you need to actively guard against. This is the sin that you need to constantly lay aside, you need to put it down and stop playing with it. This is the sin you need to kill. The one you need to starve. Stop feeding this sin! Stop feeding it by what you watch, what you listen to, who you hang out with, what you think about etc.
The best way to get a proper view of your beloved sin is to look to Christ and run to Him. Remember His life. Remember His struggles. Remember His pain. Remember how He fought sin and conquered it. Remember that He is the Author (beginning) and Perfecter (ending) of our faith. Remember what He has accomplished for you. Remember Who He is and where He currently resides, at the right hand of God. Run to His Word. Seek Him in prayer. Walk by the spirit and not by the flesh. Ask Him For help.
On an encouraging note, the fact that you are struggling in a battle against sin is a sign or mark of genuine faith in Christ. Look here in Romans 7 at what the Apostle Paul says about his struggle against sin:
“So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
(Romans 7:21-25 ESV)
I trust you know this battle as well as the Apostle Paul did.
Here are some word studies to check out:
English: lay aside
Gloss: place aside, put away, get rid of, to put off one’s clothing; to cleanse oneself of those things that defile.
English: clings so closely
Gloss: easily surrounding, constricting, skilfully surrounding i.e. besetting
Gloss: run, advance, exert oneself, strive hard, to spend one’s strength in performing or attaining something, word occurs in Greek writings denoting to incur extreme peril, which it requires the exertion of all one’s effort to overcome
Gloss: fix attention on, learn about, to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something
Gloss: founder, author, leader
Gloss: perfecter, completer, finisher
Gloss: despise, presume, to contemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of