As Christians we now had the power to choose to sin or not. And sometimes the old self is hard to die, it keeps creeping back into our lives like a worm infecting our computer it starts to play games with our minds. Knowing it no longer has power over us it knows it can still play games and try to win them.
Many times, we give in to the game and wind up losing like we did while slaves.
What happens to us when we do give in, when we consistently give way to the worm and what Graces and help do we have in the Body of Christ-His Church?
The effect of sin.
The loss of light -A Christian's perspective is dulled due to a pre-occupation for survival or a vain pursuit for self significance.
1 John 1:6
The loss of joy - A Christian becomes discouraged due to believing false teaching. 1 John 1:4.
The loss of peace - This is when a Believer often feels lonely and vulnerable.1 John 3:4-10.
The loss of fellowship you feel like you do not need nor want the Church anymore. The Believer's fellowship with God, and perhaps with other Christians is broken. Complaining becomes the norm.
1 John 1:3-7.
The loss of love for God, Church, etc. The Believer at this point is in serious trouble. 1 John 4:12.
The possible loss of health and even physical life -
1 Corinthians 5:17.
God's Remedy for Sin.
God helps us in many ways with sin.
He sent His beloved Son to die for our sins to that we may have eternal life and the accuser has no more validity before the Father.
He cleanses us in our Baptism
He washes us in our confession of sins and gives us more Sacraments, His Mother, the Saints, and the fellowship of those who too are sinners and have struggled with sin to help us.
He gives us the Church to not only minister to us in our needs but to enable us to become a minister for Him. 2 Corinthians 5:18