“Sin is not the story; it is the blight on the story. Sin distorts everything, perverts everything, and corrupts everything. It is not sin that makes us bear children, but it is sin that makes childbearing painful. It is not sin that attracts men and women, but it is sin that dills our relations with control and suspicions. It is not sin that makes music, but it is sin that fills our songs with vanity and lust. It is not sin that makes us construct cities and towers, but it is sin that makes those towers symbols of pride and power. It is not sin that calls human beings to live and love, to make music and art, to work and create, to plant and to harvest, to play and dance. But it is sin that undercuts and perverts them all.

Sin does not create things. It has no originality, no creativity, no being in itself. Sin lives off that which is good. It is a parasite, feeding greedily on the goodness of what God has made.”

Excerpt from Heaven Is Not My Home by Paul Marshall

Let’s not make ourselves hosts to a parasite. There is nothing that we can do to erase the result of past sins, however we can remove opportunities for sin to flourish and prosper. By living a holy life we can be an example that others can follow and one at a time with God’s help we can minimize sin’s aftermath in individual lives. Here in 1 Timothy the elders are admonished to be an example with their lives while they bring the word and that through the example others will be saved.

1 Timothy 4:12-16

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. KJV

While this is direction for those in position of leadership in the church, we can take it for ourselves. In our daily lives, we are to be examples of how to live a Godly life and through our example and testimony we can reach and save those around us.