What is Sin?

IMG_3898Now that everyone knows about my Sinners’ Anonymous membership card, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss what sin really is so that we know if we are a current member or not!

Pretty sure my card is snuggled comfortably next to my drivers’ license since I use it often.  Sigh.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, sin has several meanings.  The two that caught my eye are:

  1. An often serious shortcoming. (Sounds about right!)
  2. A vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God. (Vitiated what?  Huh?)

Wondering what vitiate is?  I did, too!!!  It is defined as “to make faulty or defective,” which, of course, makes sense!!  Who knew you’d have to use a dictionary to figure out what a dictionary’s definition was…YIKES!

Now that we have gotten the English lesson out of the way, let’s get back to sin.  Discussing it, not doing it. (Hee, hee)

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17

Often we deceive ourselves about what sin really is.  I mean come on!!  Do we really have to count those teeny, tiny white lies that keep us from hurting someone else’s feelings?  Yep, we do.

It’s especially hard to define sin in a culture where we delude ourselves into thinking that if it ‘feels good’ then it must not be a sin.  That’s wrong, too.  Man, I wish it wasn’t, but it is.

We can rationalize, justify and make excuses, but sin is sin and we all know in our own hearts what is right or wrong for us.

I’m not here to debate what I think is a sin and what I don’t think is a sinI am here to bring to light that we should all be conscious of the sin in our lives and call it for what it is.

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:25-27

When we examine our habits, behaviors and the path we are currently on, we can see how we measure up to God’s yardstick and make the necessary changes.  If we don’t, we will just be stuck in the muck.

Besides, staying in our sin is a miserable place to be.  We end up feeling lost, lonely, ashamed, angry, hurt, dissatisfied, sad, regretful, depressed, anxious and downright rotten.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Calling out our sin for what it is causes us to take the first step towards freedom, therefore, bringing us closer to God because sin actually SEPARATES us from God.

Apart from God, I am nothing.  So, when I sin, I am literally taking myself out of God’s loving arms and placing myself in the middle of the battlefield.  NOT where I want to be.

Thankfully, God forgives, heals and changes.  In fact, it’s never too late to ask Him to fill your heart with His desires and His Will.

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7

God wants each and every one of us and He rejoices when we choose Him.

What sin do you need to cast out of your life?

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 18:3 – When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace.

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