According to wikipedia.org, a serial killer is traditionally defined as an individual who has killed three or more people over a period of more than a month, with down time (a “cooling off period”) between the murders, and whose motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratification.
I will repeat the last phrase, “…and whose motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratification.”
We are like serial killers. How you might ask? When it comes to sin. We can call ourselves, “serial sinners.” Why? Let me give you a few reasons.
1. We sin multiples times in a month. Ok, stealing 10 pesos from your mother’s coin bank may not be a good analogy to those who have killed three or more people over a period of more than a month, but hey, its the frequency that we are talking about here. Going back, I believe its safe to assume that most of us, including those who profess that they are “Christians” sin multiple times–in a day.
2. When we do commit a big sin, guilt takes over, we repent and we experience a “cooling off period.” A time when we promise God never to repeat again the sin that we just committed. You are son conscious about your sin and the “high” of being back inGod’s arms that you do “everything” to get away or avoid your son triggers.
3. The sin that we repeatedly do is something that satisfies our psychological thirst for gratification. Take pornography for instance. After watching porn, we are stricken by so much guilt and try to hide our sin. We ask God to forgive and we experience his grace over us. Our resolve not watch porn becomes strong in the few days after committing sin. Then, our thirst for this gratification is easily triggered again when we come into contact with even the slightest hint of porn or when the urge suddenly bubbles up, and we commit the same sin again. This can happen the day after repenting, weeks or months.
And then again, and again and we are back to square one. You’re a serial sinner.
The Apostle Paul was also a serial sinner, check out this verse in his letter to the Romans 7:14-20 “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
See? Its not only you, its not only me. Everyone, even the great missionary to the Gentiles experienced the same troubles as ours. He struggled with sin as i am sure that you also do. Paul had urges to sin and he did! Surprised? You should not be. He is the same as us but the Apostle Paul found a solution. He found it in Jesus, the Christ.
This is how it is said in Romans 7:24-25, “ What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
It is only Jesus that can set us free from being serial sinners. It may not be instant because our sin-loving body will wage war with the Holy Spirit so that we will not easily be free its grasp. Jesus will help us, by faith, to be free from the cycle of sin that we are in and eventually deliver us completely!
I praise God that we have serial sinner loving God who forgives us from all our sins through the shedding of the blood of Jesus!