An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.
Before I accepted Christ as Lord of my life, I held him at a safe distance. I considered myself “Christian” but I didn’t want to be bound by rules and restrictions I saw as part of a devout Faith. I couldn’t have been more misguided.
For one thing, I haven’t given up anything I would not have eventually given up anyway. The Lord teaches us to treat our bodies like a temple, which is good for us! The Lord teaches us not to be foolish and to flee from sin.
Why should we flee from sin (other than because God says so)? Because sin ensnares us.
To use a simple example, imagine if you tell a lie for your own gain. Eventually that lie will be questioned, and you’ll be faced with the choice of coming clean or telling another lie to cover it up. If you keep telling lies, eventually you’ll be bound to those lies and you’ll have to spend a lot of time balancing what is truth and what is part of your deception. In short, you will be a slave to your sin.
Same goes for any sin. Be it greed, sloth, gluttony, lust, envy, wrath, pride, or whatever. They all bind take hold of you in ways that far outweigh whatever temporal gain or fleeting satisfaction you got from them.
The Lord, on the other hand, sets us free from those sins. In fact, he went to the cross and died for those sins. This is Easter week, so this should be in the corner of everyone’s mind. For a moment, bring it to the front of your mind. Just ponder for a moment what that means.
“For all have sined and fall short of the Glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
We all deserve to be cast out of Heaven by the mere fact that we are not perfect. God only allows perfect people into his kingdom. Since nobody is perfect, He sent the perfect Christ to take our sin and wash us clean. Once we accept Christ as our Lord, he sets us free from our sin and promises us a place in Heaven, regardless of how good or bad we were before that.
That is why believers can “sing and be glad” on Easter. Jesus makes us righteous by His work, not our own. We are free from sin because of Him alone. That is true freedom.