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Jesus was forsaken so we would never be. -Dr. John Barnett

Daily Scripture Verse

"Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." -Psalm 55:22

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sin and God's Love

What is sin? That’s a question that many people ask in the world around us.

In one of my homeschool courses, there was a quote by Susannah Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley printed on one of the pages. She answers the question of what is sin very well. She said this, “Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of you conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes your relish for spiritual things – that is sin to you.”

Sin is not just things like murdering someone, lying, or stealing. Not to say those aren’t sins because they are definitely sins, but sin is anything that displeases God or is a transgression against His law.

When you do something that you know you aren’t supposed to do then it’s sin. There are many things we do in just one day that we know we shouldn’t do but we do it anyway. Maybe it’s watching a bad show on TV, or checking out a site on the internet that you shouldn’t. These are called sins of commission.

Sins of omission are things that we know we should do, but don’t. These can include things like failing to read our Bible and praying, not truly loving those around us (our neighbors), and so on.

So why do we sin? It’s nature. We were born that way. It all started about 6 thousand years ago when Adam and Eve first sinned. Their sin separated them from God, and since we are descendants of Adam and Eve; we also sin.

“...Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)

Praise the Lord that He loves us so much that He would die for us! All we have to do is freely accept His free gift of Salvation. For those of us who have already done this; are sins were once like scarlet, and now they are as white as snow.

Can I get a praise God to that?


Moriah said...

I failed to add something else to this blog post that is in fact very important.
That is...
Just thinking a bad thought is a sin. Matthew 5 talks about this a few times.

Keith M. said...

Hey Good post there, hurt my flesh a bit+. But hey isn't that a good sign?

Be sure to visit again!

Moriah said...

I agree wih you Keith, that's always a good sign.

Keith M. said...

Although sometimes I don't feel I'm convicted enough.

Kingdom Advancer said...

There is a verse in the Bible that says anything not done with faith is sin. Another verse says that anyone who does something wrong knowingly, "to him it is sin." (I believe you mentioned that, though not the verse) Of course, we all have consciences ("con" means "with," "science" means "knowledge"), so this applies to us all, really.

Sin is a violation of the Law (as you said). I define it as doing the opposite of what God designed us to do. It is disrespecting God, trying to change the chain of authority, determine what's best for ourselves on our own, and changing our life purpose, which should be to glorify God, to glorifying ourselves. In many ways, sin is blasphemous, even if it is not breaking the Fourth Commandment, because we are in the image of God and therefore are obligated to picture God. To sin is to say that God sins...of course He does not.

There was nothing wrong with your article; I just thought I'd add some things. :)

Moriah said...

To Keith: Don't we all. :)
To Kingdom Advancer: Thanks! I agree with you on that. Very good comment.