Two things here.
One: Sin has powerful emotions attached to it.
Two: These emotions or motions are both spiritual and physical.
Which makes our struggle against sin such a terribly fierce battle.
In Hebrews, it tells us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Hebrews 12:1). That word, “beset“, is an interesting one. It sounds like a commonplace or simple word. As if our sin was nothing more than a simple fly or gnat that irritates us. Something we could just easily swat away.
However, beset actually means to combat on every side or to lay under siege. This is like a vast, terrible army surrounding people in a castle. As an enemy bringing all the machines of war against them — seeking their total annihilation.
Yet, that verse in Hebrews tells us to “lay aside” the sin that so easily defeats us.
So how does that work? How does one just “lay aside” something that so violently and overwhelmingly seeks to destroy us?