It’s a well-known verse in the Christian community but is usually taken too lightly and as a result cause people to have the following saying rather than to grow into spiritual maturity: “Yeah, I’ve made a few mistakes; but nobody is perfect.” To that, I want to say we were only given the example of Jesus Christ to follow in his footsteps, not the footsteps of men.
Description of what sin is:
- Sin is lawlessness or the breaker of God’s law (in faith & spirit)
- Sin declares to God that our will is superior to God
- Sin is God’s enemy
God hates sin, but loves sinners.?
I have often wonder how God would love sinners if he hates sin?
For what other works does a sinner if it is not to sin? The same as what other works does a lier if it is not to lie?
Again, what other works does a thief if it is not to steal? Is it not written in the Holy Scriptures that “Let him that stole steal no more” (Ephesians 4:28) and if he stops from stealing and live an honest life would he still be considered as a thief? Surely not, for he has been delivered from his past and received the power from God to live an honest life.
Concerning sin did Jesus not say “…sin no more” (John 8:11) to the woman that was caught in adultery after no man condemned her? Furthermore after healing the impotent man did Jesus not say “…sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14).
Paul goes even to warn the people by writing:
As Christians, we oftentimes fail to understand how destructive it is to assume that “sin isn’t that bad nor of a big deal because we are no longer under the law but under grace” Paul’s response to that saying which also existed at the time is as follow:
Do you think that it is in vain that it’s written
You see how it’s written “Repent” and not “ask for the forgiveness of your sins.”
To repent it means “to turn away or to change one’s mind” and in this case is to turn away and change our minds concerning sin.
Oftentimes we also fail to understand how severely we sin because according to the Holy Scriptures every way of a man is right in his own eyes (Proverbs 21:2).
We can never come to understand what sin is unless the Holy Spirit convinces us of our sins and that we should examine ourselves through the Word of God.