Seems pretty clear. Any offense or fault. Not some. Not a few. Not most. Not even the ones you dont get caught doing. Its defined as any as in all, every, each, etc.
There are three things we can do about sin:
Number 3 has given us such morsels of moral relativism as Theres no such thing as right or wrong, Whats true for you isnt necessarily whats true for me, Its OK as long as it only involves consenting adults, and the Jerry Springer show.
What qualifies me to write about sin? Im an expert! No, I havent done every possible sin, just the ones that interested me or made life seem more convenient. Still, thats a database full. Have I committed enough sins to not get into Heaven? Well, it doesnt look good. Dont gloat. It doesnt look good for you either.
But what if you answered Yes? What does Page Two have in store?
What Does the Bible Say?
Remember, there are things that we can do about sin. Look at the first: never do it. Perfect. To get into Heaven, just dont sin. Lets take murder. Most people I know have never murdered anyone which has made my personal life a lot less stressful. But most everyone I know (including me) have, at one time or another, thought about murdering someone, or at least seeing them mugged, doubled-over from food poisoning, publically humiliated, or on hold with tech support.
What does Jesus say about just thinking about sin? How bad could that be? Bad. Matthew 5:27-28 "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
The thing to keep in mind, and its a HUGE thing, is that God cannot be around sin. Thats all there is to it. Do you want to have a relationship with God? Great, but dont expect to be sinful and have God still be able to give you a hug. If you are unrepentant of your sin, no matter how small it is, He simply cant get close to you (and He wants to be close).
This leads us to the other thing we can do about sin: stop it. Some sins you will be able to stop just by asking Gods forgiveness and asking Him to take the sin from your life. Its true.
Some sins you think God has given you a handle on, though you back slide from time to time. So you keep at it. And the back sliding gets more and more rare until it stops altogether (this is also known as maturity).
You may find that a few sins take years or even your whole life to deal with. These are the sins where God really wants you to work on an aspect of your nature. And work on it. And work on it. And work on it. Dont be discouraged. Stick to it. God knows what Hes doing (even when you dont). Just dont stop asking for forgiveness and working on yourself. God doesnt give up on you, dont you give up either.
No matter how big or how small the sin, dont tackle it alone. You cant. Go to God. Make sure youre working on it by constant prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship with other believers, and still more prayer. Many keep a prayer journal and chart their progress (a good idea). God wants to see that youre working on your sins. No one ever won anything by throwing up his hands and giving in. Dont give in to sin. Fight it ferociously. God is on your side.
What about that third aspect, just pretending that there is no such thing as sin. Psalm 53:1 The fool says in his heart, There is no God. Again, pretty straight forward. A person who does not believe in God isnt necessarily someone who doesnt understand right and wrong, good and evil (though many non-believers do suffer from this). Instead, his views of morality are built on nothing, changing with the times, changing again with what is cool, pleasurable, expedient. Compared to Gods Word, these are hardly reliable guideposts.
I believe sin exists. I believe I have sinned. And I now realize just how big even the most microscopic sin is: its enough to separate me from God! Any one of my sins is death to me. Even the sins Im sorry for and try and make up for by doing good deeds or apologizing or trying to break sinful habits does not erase the sin itself. The lie, the insult, the bullying, the cheating, they all hover in the stretches that are my past. I cant un-erase them. They sit like ugly hills on my history. I cant get back to them and knock them down. I cant rearrange dimensions to stop them for happening. My sins exist in time no matter what I do. This concept is so truly huge that it becomes crystal clear why it takes God himself to blot those sins out. Thats why God gave me His son, Jesus. Jesus is the only sacrifice that will take my sins away. And God made it so easy. All I have to do is belive, repent, and follow Him
Romans 5:6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
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