As a gardener, I love to have many kinds of plants in my yard. There is one that blooms profusely year round here in Florida called the bougainvillea. It is such a beautiful plant and it comes in many colors. However, admiring it from afar is probably best, since it is equipped with very long, sharp thorns. Sin is the same way; its appearance is beautiful and draws us in for a closer look, causing us to become captivated. The closer we get to it the harder it is to keep our hands to ourselves so we reach out and touch it. As soon as we touch it, BAM, it almost jumps out and pins you with its thorns. Now you're caught in the thicket and unable to get out without getting poked and scratched. Sin not only separates us from God, but it also causes us great pain. There is no escaping it without causing damage. We are all susceptible to it so we must be vigilant and avoid it at all cost.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
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