Text: “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” – Hebrew 11:25.
Comment: One other inhibitor of repentance is the seeming ‘benefit’ from sin which in the text for today Apostle Paul rightly identified as ‘the pleasures of sin’. Indulgence in sin, whether it is stealing, corruption, idolatry, cultism, sexual immorality, kidnapping, lie telling, etc, has brought wealth and fame to some people, although for a short period of their lives. Indeed, the Bible reveals that satan has some control over the riches in this world, and uses it as bait to lure many, keeping them in the prison of sin. (Luke 4:6,7). So, what looks like ‘blessings from God’ in some cases are actually from satan. As worshippers of God who desire eternal life in His Kingdom when fully established, the exhortation of Apostle John in 1 John 2:15-17 is highly recommended: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” See also Psalm 37:1,2,7.