The reality of sin

Take up cross-2“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23 (ESV)

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Last week I wrote about how we find illegitimate methods to meet our God-given need for love and acceptance. I gave several examples, but I avoided using the one word God uses to describe these illegitimate methods.

That word is sin.

For a variety of reasons, the word sin often conjures up all kinds of misconceptions and misunderstandings. One common misconception is that God is angry with us because of our sin.

God is not angry with us…nor does He hate us.

God hates sin.

God hates sin like the father of a drug addict hates heroin.

God hates sin so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die and provide the penalty for sin.

God hates sin because He loves us.

If God loves us and hates sin, then we should hate sin.

Unfortunately, sin often “tastes” good initially, but eventually it turns the stomach sour. Learning to avoid and hate sin involves learning the true nature of sin and how it really impacts us.

Today’s verse teaches us two things about sin. First, everyone…including you and me…has sinned. Only one person in the history of mankind has lived without sin…our Lord Jesus Christ.

Second, Paul tells us that as a result of that sin, we have fallen short of the glory of God. We often miss that part. When we choose alternatives other than God to meet our God-given needs, we fall short of what we could be. We fall short of living to our fullest potential…living in His glory.

It is important that we see sin in that light.

Sin is anything that brings us harm. Sin is anything that prevents us from becoming who we were truly meant to be. Sin is anything that causes us to fall short of God’s glory.

That is God’s view of sin.

God sacrificed His Son Jesus to pay the penalty for sin. For our part…we must first recognize our sin. We can’t change our sinful patterns until we recognize them. Then we confess our sin to Him, asking Him to apply His sacrifice as payment for our sin. Finally, we seek His help to overcome that sin.

Prayer: Lord thank You for paying the penalty for my sin. Help me to recognize and turn away from my ongoing sin.

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