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How many motives?
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
April 26, 2024

If I made you write an essay listing all the reasons to avoid sin, how long would your essay be?

I wouldn’t give you a minimum word count or force you to cite your references in APA style (I’m not a monster!), but I wonder if you could find a pen and scribble down all the motivating reasons that pop into your mind. Fix your eyes on all the good things that God loves and that sin threatens, reminding your heart that our Father truly knows best. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

To get you started, let me list my top two. Second on my list is the drama that sin causes in my life. King David wrote, “Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more” (Psalm 16:4). The false god of pleasure asks me to sacrifice too much—my integrity, my time, my honesty, my intimacy. The more sin I run after, the more I suffer.

But even more motivating than such loss is Jesus’ love. “For Christ’s love compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14). The more we meditate on Jesus’ love, the love that gave up all pleasure and endured such pain, the more we don’t want to sin. We have found something more satisfying, more enjoyable, more interesting than sin could ever provide. We have found a love that never fails.

Reflect on those two reasons and add a few of your own. God motivates us in many ways to say no to sin and yes to him.