The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
This passage tells us seven things that sin does.
1. Sin deceives us. Some sin disgusts you. You wonder how anyone could do that. Other sin is attractive to you, and that is where sin deceives. Evil deceives; that is its nature.
2. Sin destroys us. For those outside of Jesus Christ there is an unraveling of life going on, a taking down, a becoming less. By nature we are perishing.
3. Sin refuses to love truth. The greatest barrier to faith lies not in our doubts, but in our desires.
4. Sin delights in evil. “Pleasure in unrighteousness” explains why they “did not believe.” Where the heart loves wickedness, the mind cannot embrace the truth.
5. Sin misleads us. When people keep resisting Jesus and pushing Him away, God eventually gives them over to what they desire.
6. Sin believes the lie. When a man feels that he is his own god, his own law, and that he stands on his own goodness, you know he has swallowed the lie.
7. Sin condemns us. This is why we need a savior, and why we rejoice in these words: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
Where do you see sin at work in you or around you?.