While sin is something people do, it is also a power in one’s life that takes over, controls and eventually brings ruin.
People who are living a life of flagrant sin usually consider themselves free – free from the restraint of rules. In a sense this is true – a life of sin is a life free from God’s rules, at least for the time being. But there is something else that is not usually considered: a life of sin is a life in bondage to sin. Jesus once said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant [slave] of sin.” (John 8:34 See also Romans 6:16; 2 Peter 2:19)
Although we see this clearly in the various addictions such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, etc., we are not so quick to recognize it in our own life. But just try breaking the hold of your favorite sin and you will feel its power. Sin, all sin, gets a grip; sinks in its teeth; and takes control. And once sin gets a hold on a person, it is not easily pried loose.
The good news is that the power of sin can be broken. In becoming a Christian we bury our old life of sin in the waters of baptism and are raised to a new life of freedom in Christ. (See Romans 6:4, 17-18)