Does my sin hurt others?
Here's the answer:
Yes, your sin hurts others.
You might think when you do something bad, it doesn’t hurt other people, but it does. There are consequences for our sins. One of these consequences is that our sin often hurts other people. Your friends, family, and God can all be hurt by your sin. Since you live with other people, your sin will affect them.
You cannot hide anything from God (Luke 8:17). God knows about any “secret sins” you may be hiding from others. Our sins will eventually be found out (Numbers 32:23). Your friends, family, and God don’t want you to sin. It makes them sad to see you do the wrong things. When you sin, others will take notice. You could become a bad influence and lead people away from God.
Whenever you sin, it will hurt others. Each sin we commit does affect the people in our lives. As an example, if you lie to someone, you are sinning. Maybe you told a lie about your friend in order to make yourself look better. That person tells another person and then your friend’s feelings are very hurt. Once someone distrusts you, it may be difficult to win their trust back. Sin does not just hurt your family, friends, and God, but it also hurts you.
"When you sin, the pay you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done" (Romans 6:23).
"But what if you fail to do your duty? Then you will be sinning against the Lord. And you may be sure that your sin will be discovered. It will be brought out into the open" (Numbers 32:23).
"What is hidden will be seen. And what is out of sight will be brought into the open and made known" (Luke 8:17).
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