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 sour.
We learn to hate sin as our eyes are opened to its true nature and impact on 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 always harms us.
Sin prevents us from becoming who God wants us to be.
Sin causes us to fall short of God’s glory.
That’s God’s view of sin.
Our motivation to avoid sin is not to avoid divine demerits…
Rather, our motivation to avoid sin is to become the person He wants us to be.
Prayer: Lord thank You for paying the penalty for my sin. Help me understand the true nature of sin and the harm it brings me…so that I can bring You the glory You deserve.