标 题： 那缠累我们的罪
经 节： 我们既有这许多的见证人，如同云彩围着我们，就当放下各样的重担，脱去容易缠累我们的罪，存心忍耐，奔那摆在我们前头的路程。（希伯来书十二章1节）
That Entangles Us
we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run
with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1)
Sin is our most persistent, determined,
and pernicious enemy. Sin seeks to rob us of every good thing God has designed
for us. Paul tells us that sin brings death (Rom. 7:11). Yet it is very subtle.
Sin creeps into our lives when and where we least expect it. It packages itself
so attractively that we are lulled into thinking that it cannot really harm us
(2 Cor. 11:14–15).
Sin stealthily and relentlessly entangles
our lives. We will never be able to run the race marked out for us as long as
we are entrapped in sin. We free ourselves from sin’s only if we recognize it
for what it is. If we call sin a “mistake,” a “bad habit,” or a “weakness,” we
will never escape its grasp. We must not blame our sins on others. We must not
allow pride to convince us it is too humiliating to admit the sin in our lives.
Sin can blind us to its presence. It does not always command our attention but
rather, it subtly and pervasively robs us of the spiritual power and victory
that could be ours. The good news is that there is no extent to which sin can
entangle us that God’s grace does not abound still more to free us (Rom. 5:20).
Has sin robbed your joy? Has it prevented
you from being the best husband, wife, son, daughter, or friend you could be?
Is it keeping you from spiritual maturity? If you have become entangled with
sin, God can release you immediately, no matter how desperately entangled you
may have become!