The Essence of Sin

What is sin? This is a question my husband and I have discussed in great detail over the past several months. For God gave us the law in the Ten Commandments but then Jesus very harshly judged the Pharisees who where “followers of the law” but failed to understand the true purpose behind the law. Furthermore, the Bible is not a list of all the things we should and should not do. If it was a list of rules then it would be more like a legal text that is forever long and ever expanding. Rather the Bible is a story of God’s relationship with humanity.

The conclusion my husband and I have come to is that the heart of sin is separation between us and God or separation between us and the body of Christ. There have been many times I have wondered if something was sinful. The test that I am developing is, Does this draw us toward God and the body of Christ or away? If it is drawing me toward then it is good and if it is drawing me away then it most likely is sinful.

Although this seems simple it is far from simple. For one, the body of Christ is made up of other people who also sin and fall short. We all make bad decisions and mistakes that lead to separation. It often taken two to tango as the saying goes. This is why mentors, accountability and discipleship are so important. There will always be times when we need an outsiders opinion and leadership to help us navigate our world. Without this outside help we will always fall short because we are not Jesus.

So to those who feel like they are missing a relationship with Jesus, may you turn your eyes upon him and ask him to show you the way. For it is a daily choice we all must make. To those in relationship with Jesus that struggle with sin, you are not alone, we all struggle. May we be a church that comes alone side each other with no judgement and helps each other through love. For sin is a sickness that needs healing and it often takes the hands of a brother or sister in Christ to help led the way. For it is love that heals and shaming someone is rarely successful from my experience. Jesus never shamed those who came to him for healing, rather he laid his hands upon them with gentleness. Amen.

“Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.” Matthew 9:1-8

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