I guess I’ve always had this mindset that my sin won’t really effect anyone else, which is not a Biblical viewpoint. Well the other day I was reading through Genesis, and I saw how the sins Adam and Eve, Abraham, etc. . . affected others. And suddenly it dawned on me: my sins really will affect others. Maybe they won’t make as huge an impact as Abraham and Adam/Eve, but then who’s to say? I bet Abraham didn’t think that his sin would affect the whole world. Abraham probably never thought that by bearing a child with Hagar, he would create the whole Arabic race (and lots of problems for future generations) (Gen. 16). Adam and Eve probably never thought that by eating the apple they would bring sin into the whole world. They only saw that the apple looked good to eat, and they, in their selfish desires, wanted it (Gen. 2). And what about David? His sin with Bathsheba? David only saw a women who was lovely to look on. He probably never thought about what would happen to their firstborn, or the fact that Solomon would be tempted to sin in much the same way as his father. Or what about Miriam? She chose to challenge Moses’ authority and was struck with leprosy. The whole Israelite nation was affected by her sin; they had to wait for 7 days before continuing on their journey (Num. 12). I bet none of these men and women had any idea how their sins were going to affect future generations and their peers. That’s the point. In our own selfishness we choose to sin, but our selfishness never sees how our sin can and will affect others. Just think. One sin we choose to commit could negatively affect future generations for years. It’s a sobering thought. I Corinthians 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” God gives us the ability to flee temptation. Through Christ’s work on the cross, we can choose not to sin.