It is good for us to spend
time in the Old testament of the bible and be reminded that God has zero
tolerance for sin. This is portrayed graphically in His dealings with Israel
and Judah as He allowed them to be taken into exile because of their rebellion and
sin (2 Kings). We are exhorted also to hate evil (Ps 97:10).
In the new Testament, we are
told that Sin causes spiritual death (Rom 6:23) and separation from God; all
people sin (Rom 3:23). Jesus paid the price for our sins by His sacrificial
death (1 Peter 3:18) and won justification for us (Rom 3:24). This simply mean
that if we repent, ask His forgiveness and ask Him into our life as Lord and
Saviour, we are made: “just as if we had never sinned”. Our sins were washed
away by His blood (Rev 1:5), the price was paid and God sees us as righteous in
Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:21).
Does this mean God has gone soft
on sin? Absolutely not (1 John 1:5). We are told as Christians that we should
not go on willfully sinning (1 John 3:6-9). But we are still flesh and blood
and we will sin (1 John 1:8), but if we repent and ask God’s forgiveness He is
quick to forgive (1 John 1:9).
The next question is, as
Christians, are we soft on Sin? Do we have things in our lives that we wink at
or ignore? Well, God knows I get it mostly right but I am sure He can tolerate a
few minor issues. However, God is still black and white on sin and He tells us
to take of the old man and put on the new (Eph 4:22-24). That’s all of the old
man and all of the new. Let’s not limit God in our lives by ignoring sin. Now don’t
get condemned, God knows our hearts (Ps 44:21) and as we desire to be
everything He wants us to be, He will provide grace to help us to change (Eph
1:7-9). Paul never claimed to be perfect (Phil 3:12) and God does not expect us
to change overnight. Keep on keeping on, the blessings are amazing. God bless
you, we love you.
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