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What is sin? Here are some suggestions:

"Sin is like a kidney stone. No one likes a kidney stone, nor should anyone like sin."

"Sin is like a rotten egg we try to cover up with spices."

"Sin is like a cancer with a 0% survival rate."

"Sin is like weeds in a garden; if not rooted out, they will soon overrun it."

"Sin is like having cataracts. It slowly adds a layer over our eyes, until sooner or later we can’t see too clearly anymore."

"Sin is like a spider web. You get trapped in it."

"Sin is like the bee, with honey in its month but a sting in its tail."

"Sin is like gravity. It is an ever-present force. You can’t see it -- only its effects."

"Sin is like a snake, full of deadly poison. It is like a little spark that can burn up a great forest."

"Sin is like an anesthetic; it has a numbing affect."

"Sin is like a bullet in the body. There can be no strength and healing until the bullet is removed."

"Sin is like the leak in the pipe; it will very likely cause you to fall every time."

Sin is not child’s play. It must be exposed and admitted because it is "utterly sinful" (v 13). The word "utterly" is used five times in the Bible, the other four times translated as "most excellent" (1 Cor 12:31), "far beyond" (2 Cor 1:8), "far outweighs" (2 Cor 4:17) and "intensely" (Gal 1:13) and it produces death (v. 13).

(From a sermon by Victor Yap, "How Low Can You Go?" 1/24/2009)

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