None can deny that sin has its pleasurable aspect. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (Hebrews 11:24-25 KJV) The pleasures of sin make it very easy for men to love sin and make it a way of life. This is tragic for many reasons, but let’s observe at least two. First, the pleasures of sin are temporary. Notice from the above that the pleasures of sin last only for a season. They are temporary. Afterward, more serious and vexing consequences often follow. Second. When one loves sin, he excludes himself from God’s love. 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. (1 John 2:15 KJV) Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4 KJV)
How does the Gospel of Jesus Christ address the love of sin? Recall that the Gospel addresses the problems of sin in one or more of the following three ways: facts to be believed, commands to be obeyed and promises to be embraced. The Gospel of Christ addresses the love of sin through believing in Jesus Christ the Son of God. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:30-31 KJV). One must believe that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and raised again the third day. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV)
How does believing these things help one to overcome the love of sin? When we believe and are firmly convinced that God loved us enough to send His only begotten Son to die in agony on the cross in our place and for our sins, does it not put sin in our a very different light? This new understanding of sin and its consequences and God’s divine love in saving us from damnation in the eternal fires of hell certainly should change one’s attitude about sin.
The Psalmist said Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. (Psalms 119:104 KJV) Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. (Psalms 119:128 KJV) A proper understanding which comes from the study of the Scriptures changes one’s attitude 180 degrees regarding sin. When my mind understands what God, in His infinite love gave and what Christ endured, sin no more appears lovely and pleasurable, but ugly and disgusting.
There is no magic formula for changing one’s attitude about sin. It is done through faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This faith is obtained and maintained through the diligent and prayerful study of His divinely inspired Word. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV) One who is having persistent trouble with sin and can’t seem to overcome it because it’s just too much fun needs to be spending more time with God’s Word and less time with the enticements of the world. The appeal of the pleasure of sin pale and fade when the light of the Gospel is shed upon them and show sin for what it really is.