What is sin? From my understanding, it is an immoral act that we do against God, ourselves, or others that separates us from Him. I have recently been on an interesting journey in how I understand God and His character. If you have ever read the book of Jeremiah, you know it is not very much of an encouraging book. It talks about the wrath of God and about the coming judgment on Israel, God’s chosen people, because of their sins. So often we talk about the love, mercy, kindness, grace, and patience of God. Although God is completely all of these things, He is also a just God. And He is also faithful. If we always got away with our sin, would that be very just or faithful? Not from what I understand.
God is faithful in His encouraging promises as well as His “scary” promises. In a way, that does give me comfort because that means He is steadfast and not constantly changing His mind. It says in Jeremiah 30 that God will not let their sins go unpunished because He loves them too much to let them continue sinning. I know that sounds contradictory, but when we sin and are separated from God, we are not living life to the fullest and we are not living the life God has for us. God knows what is best for each and every person, and He has a special plan for each of His children, so when He sees us in sin, He knows it must be stopped; it must be punished. As I have heard it said many times before, “God loves us too much to leave us where we are.” But He also promises to redeem His people, which He fulfills through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
I used to have a really unhealthy relationship with sin and God’s forgiveness of that sin, and sometimes I still think in this way. Before I tell you this, I want you to know that this is not easy to talk about and I am constantly asking God to change this in me; to transform my mind like in Romans 12. There have been times since I have come into relationship with Christ where I have had the mindset that I can sin because God will forgive me for it. It doesn’t matter what I do because God will forgive me. I would take advantage of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as well as God’s grace. The problem with that is, in order to be forgiven we must turn away from that sin. And if we keep going back to it over and over, we are not repenting. We have no intention of turning away from that sin. So, we are fooling ourselves into thinking that we are righteous, or in right relationship with God. As Christians, we are to be constantly transforming to becoming more like Christ. When we are intentionally sinning, that is not Christ-like at all.
So, I write this not to condemn, but to encourage. To encourage you to look inside
your heart and ask yourself how your relationship with God is. This is the perfect time to work on your relationship with God because we have the time! Whether you have stepped away from the faith, are new to the faith, or are mature in the faith, we can all continue growing. This was not an easy topic to write about; I am still in sin every day and I am by no means an expert! And who likes to talk or think about their sin, really? But it is so important in our walk with God, so I, again, just want to encourage you to take a deep look inside of yourself and ask the Holy Spirit what He wants to show you.
I am almost always available during these times, so if you have any other thoughts, comments, or questions I would love to chat with you! I write this because I love you and feel that God wants to encourage you through this. Thank you so much for reading!