Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thoughts on Sin
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
I felt the need to write about SIN today. I remember the first time I learned that in God's eyes Sin is Sin. He doesn't give a heirarchy to sins. No one sin is worse than any other in God's eyes. In our world of judgment and labeling, we tend to give a severity to sins....child molestation, affairs, and murder seem much more detestable than taking God's name in vain, jealousy, or greed. But in God's eyes all sin is the same. According to Him, we must repent for ALL sins. He is the only one who is allowed judgment. He is the only one who can redeem us. He is the only one who can give us that complete forgiveness and unconditional love.
"If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
None of us are without sin. If you drove over the speed limit on your way to work today, you sinned by not following the laws of our government. If you just said to your friend, Oh my G*d!, you sinned by taking His name in vain. If you secretly are wishing you house was a nice as your neighbors, you are sinning by being jealous of and coveting what your neighbor has.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"
Since none of us are without sin, it is not our place to judge against someone else. It is up to them to ask for God's forgiveness and up to God to give it. God knows what is truly in each one of our hearts. He knows if we are being truthful and heartfelt in our request.
When a sin occurs, remember those times where your choices may have hurt yourself or others. Be there for each other. Offer your love, kindness, and forgiveness. Pray for them. But don't judge. You can hate the sin, but still love the sinner. Stop and take a moment or two or three to repent for your sins today. I am. It isn't easy to do these things, but with God at your side, you can do anything!
You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.
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