We were created in the image of God, to walk in the freedom of His way—not in the burden and despair of sin. When we choose ANY sin, we choose a burden which will eventually crush us. King David said: “For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.” (Psalms 38:4) For over a year, David had chosen sin over his relationship with God. When he finally repented and turned back to God he wrote: “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. [Then]…I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin…Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.” (Psalm 32:1-5, 10) Sin subtly begins in our heart and if we don’t get rid of it, it ALWAYS escalate into slavery because it divorces us from the freedom of living in God’s grace. My worst sins are the sins I don’t think are sins–worry, fear, anxiety, and doubting God–because if I don’t think they are sins, I won’t confess them and they continue to weigh me down and separate me from the freedom of grace. Every sin we choose to burden ourselves with cuts off God’s strength in our life and casts a heavy weight upon us. He didn’t free us from sin just to become slaves again. (Romans 6) God designed us to live in the freedom of grace. When we repent, He fills us with Himself. The freedom of grace is ALWAYS better than the slavery of sin!