Today’s topic is one people don’t like to talk about much: S is for Sin.
Most people like to believe they are pretty decent human beings and that, if there is a God and/or a heaven, their good works will get them in. Remember D is forDeeds? If not, go back and have a look.
The Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). If we take a look at the Ten Commandments (Exodus20), or even the two commandments (Matthew 22:37-39), and are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we have broken them in one or more aspects.
And God doesn’t mince any words. We read in Ezekiel 18:4,
For all people are mine to judge—both parents and children alike. And this is my rule: The person who sins is the one who will die.
Friends, no one gets out of here alive. The question is, where will we spend eternity? For even if people deny that there is life after death, it doesn’t change the truth. It is built into us to know that there is a God (Romans 1:19-20) and if there is a God, His word is true. Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation (Proverbs 14:9).
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! (Psalm 32:1)
He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. (Psalm 103:10)
And my favourite verse:
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
That’s pretty far!
How was this accomplished?
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Some would say that since our sins are forgiven, we can live how we like, and that is total freedom. The Bible responds to that this way:
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? (Romans 6:1-2)
We are not freed to live sinful lives, but to let Christ live His life through us. While we can never be perfect here (our humanness will not allow that), Jesus can still be perfecting us through the power of the Holy Spirit as we concede.
Today’s prayer: Lord, I know this is a difficult concept for some – that a perfect God would sacrifice Himself on a cruel cross for mere humans – but Your Word is true. Please make Your truth come alive for those who are seeking to fill the void in their souls. Remove any blinders that may be holding them back, and may they repent of their sin and come to You. May we all live our lives turning from sin to godliness.
If you would like to know more about how God’s grace covers sin, please visit Peace with God. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful song.