Summary: When we say we walk circumspectly we are saying that whatever we choose to do today, we are aware that there will be circumstances. Whatever we do today, we do with the knowledge that there will be future consequences.
I have been reading through our church covenant as I mentioned last Sunday evening and I came across the statement that we engage to walk circumspectly.
____________, you’re a member of the church, are you walking circumspectly? I’ll admit, I had to look that one up to see exactly what it meant.
When we say we walk circumspectly we are saying that whatever we choose to do today, we are aware that there will be circumstances. Whatever we do today, we do with the knowledge that there will be future consequences.
I wonder if we truly walk circumspectly. Do we really go through life with it on our consciences that there will be future consequences to what we do now? I don’t think we always do because if we did, we would try harder not to sin. We would try harder to have the mind of Christ. We would ask ourselves more, “What would Jesus do?” before we did things, before we made decisions.
Sin is rebellion towards God. It comes in several forms: disobedience, accusation, ignoring God. Sin has many consequences. So often when people sin, they don’t realize how that sin impacts them and God. So, if we realized how sin impacted others, THEN we would be walking circumspectly. God wants us to know, before we leave here, what the consequences of our sin are.
So let’s get started. First, sin has an undesirable and even catastrophic effect upon the sinner. Sometimes the person who is sinning can feel the impact of their sin; sometimes the impact isn’t felt. Understand this, whether this impact is felt or
not, IT’S STILL A REALITY.
There are MENTAL CONSEQUENCES when we sin. When we sin, we affect our conscience. We call it feeling guilty. Have you ever felt guilty about something you said or did? People have actually killed themselves because they couldn’t stand the guilt that they felt.
Do you know that God didn’t give us a conscience so that we would feel guilty? He gave us a conscience so that we could and would recognize our problem and be driven to do something constructive in dealing with that problem. Without the remedy for Sin that God has given us, this guilt can, and does, pile up and overwhelm us. This guilt can produce all kinds of side effects like worry, fear, sadness, a sense of loss, a sense of not being in control of our own lives, despair, rejection, and much more.
Another consequence of sin is PHYSICAL CONSEQUENCES. We deal with
physical consequences all the time. Sin produces all kinds of diseases. Sexual sins produce sexually transmitted diseases.
Other sins cause people to spend time in prison. Some sins can cause brain damage (alcohol abuse). Some sins can bring about some immediate physical punishment, NOW! Smoking causes cancer. Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, tongue, and throat. Eating too much, or gluttony, causes weight gain and that leads to a host of physical problems.
But I think the most serious of consequences that sin produces are SPIRITUAL CONSEQUENCES. Sin will separate us from God. It robs us of the eternal reward that God has purchased for us. Sin will bring spiritual death to any and all who refuse to change, who refuse to repent, and refuse to submit themselves in obedience to God and seek out the remedy that God has given us.