The Cords Of Sin

The sinner is in bondage. He (or she) does not expect such a condition to exist when he freely indulges his passions and yields to temptation. On the contrary, he supposes that he is enjoying a greater liberty than those who walk in the narrow path of righteousness. Moreover, even when this shocking condition is realized, he is slow to admit its existence. He will not confess that he is in bondage; perhaps he scarcely feels it.

But this only proves the greatness of the bondage of sin. The worst degradation of slavery to sin is that it so benumbs the feelings and crushes the manliness of its victims that some of them do not see their true condition. The reality of sin’s bondage is soon proved, however, in trying to escape it. The chains of sin are then felt to be too strong for the sinner to break. He cries out, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24)

The cords that bind the sinner are spun by his own sins. Satan does not need to build any prison walls or have fetters forged for his captives. He has but to leave sinners to themselves, and their own misdeeds will imprison them through the mere force of habit. All conduct tends to become permanent. Sinners become entangled in their sins. If the sinner repented and called to God for deliverance, he would be saved from the fearful bondage of his sins. But proudly choosing to continue his course of sin, he has consented to the tightening of the cords that bind him.

Christ alone can liberate from the bondage of sin. Slavery to sin is fatal. The sinner will never be free to live to any good purpose; his sins will tie him to his dismal fate. In the end they will strangle him. Inasmuch as the cords of sin are spun by his own conduct, they are a part of him, and he cannot untie their knots or cut their strands. But it is to sinners in this forlorn condition that the Gospel of Christ is proclaimed, with its glorious promise of liberty to the captives of sin:

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me (Jesus); because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings (the Gospel) unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives (of sin), and the opening of the prison to them that are bound (by sin).” – Isaiah 61:1

Jesus brings liberating truth, redeeming grace, and the saving power of a mighty love, which are stronger than the binding cords of sin. “If the Son (Jesus) therefore shall make you free (from sin), ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

If you are walking in the path of sinful folly, go to Jesus at once without delay. Further down this path, (maybe just a little further), it may be too late to break the cords of sin. They may be too strong. Arise at once, in the strength of the strong Deliverer, Jesus Christ, and enter into the path of spiritual freedom, the blessed service of the Son of God, that every sinful habit may be broken. Serve Him, whose service is perfect freedom. – Taken from The Pulpit Commentary (revised and condensed)

Jesus can free you from your addictions. Just say, “O Jesus, please forgive my past and come into my life and help me to live for you.” He will help you if you really want Him to.