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Reader Questions: Does Everyone Have A Tendency To Cheat?


Dear Ufuomaee,

Gd day ma. I av a questn a frnd of mine nd i were discussin abt a boy cheatin on his girlfrnd and he was like everyone has the tendency to cheat bt then i told him there is something called control bt pls ma how true is that. Does everyone have a tendency to cheat?

Dear Reader,

YES.  We all have the tendency to sin.  There is no sin that anyone is above.  It is by the grace of God, sincere love and self-control that we are able to do right.  That is why Jesus said that if you are angry at your brother without a cause, you are guilty of murder (Matt 5:22)!  Murder is just a step away from irrational anger.

Likewise, Jesus said that if you look with lust at someone who isn’t your spouse, you are guilty of adultery (Matt 5:28).  It is just a step away.  With opportunity and discretion, you may give in to your rage or passion.  So, we must always think soberly and humbly of ourselves, and not be quick to judge others, because if we fall, we would want to be pardoned (Matt 7:1-2, John 7:24, 1 Cor 10:12).

However, I must clarify that there is a difference between a repentant cheat and a habitual cheater!  We cannot go on sinning that grace may abound (Rom 6:1).  Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).  If we do, it shows that we are not Christ’s (Rom 8:9, 1 John 3)!

Those who are insincere will use the fact that everyone is prone to sin as a justification to keep doing what they know is wrong.  Sincere people don’t ‘sin anyway’.  They resist the enemy and he flees from them (Jam 4:7).  They flee from sexual immorality (1 Cor 6:18-20) and even abstain from all appearances of evil (1 Thes 5:22).

You may also like to read these two contrasting pieces on sin: WRETCHED HUMAN THAT I AM and YOU WILL DO GOOD WORKS

I hope that answers your question.

Sincerely, Ufuoma.

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