Devotion

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

1 John 3:4-6

Can we talk a little about the issue of sin? Like the basics. Who defines it, why we do it, and how to stop doing it.

God is the one who defines sin for us in the Bible. And yet some insist the definition is up to them.

Many people object even to the use of the word sin. Somehow it makes us feel like bad people. And sin should make us feel bad because it hurts God. But to avoid this bad feeling, some people twist and distort the idea of sin. It’s a new version of what the serpent told Eve in the garden, “Did God really say…?”

Did God really say, don’t cheat on your spouse? Because men and women should get their needs met.

Did God really say, man shall not lie with man? Because it’s all about love.

Did God really say, don’t envy other people’s stuff? Because it’s not like I’m going to steal it or anything.

We all have a sinful nature. It’s natural and normal, but we should fight it with the power of God’s word, not rationalize it away or justify it.

Sin is a choice. A choice to turn away from God and toward the sin. No matter how you feel about what you’re doing, if God calls it a sin, make a different choice.

Dear Lord, convict us of our sin, remind us that even if it seems not to hurt anyone else, it hurts You and Your purpose for our lives. Give us Your power to release the grip of sin in our lives. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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