Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
We have a problem. This problem is universal. This problem crosses every “line” and afflicts every person on planet Earth. This problem has no respect for gender, race, ethnic or national origin. This problem persists in spite of our very best efforts and intentions. This problem is sin!
Sin is the breaking or transgression against the law of God. Anything we do that goes against the word of God is sin. Sin captivates the mind and pollutes the life with its corruption. Sin convinces you of the “right” you have to feel the way you do. Sin concludes that your desires ought to take the priority. Sin is a very cruel and painful taskmaster. Sin wrecks and it ruins. Sin torments and binds. Sin corrupts and controls.
What seemed to start off as curiosity has now become an addiction … because of sin. A temper out of control, a mouth filled with cursing and deceit, and filthy choices that reek of corruption are all evidences of a nature of sin.
According to the word of God, sin is the transgression of the Law. God gave us a very basic and easily understood law. We know it as the 10 Commandments. In these 10 Commandments, we are given the basis for every moral and ethical statute and standard for life. When we read the Bible, it is not the “thee” and “thou” that stumps the reader. It is what God said after the “thee” and “thou” that has people turning away from the Scriptures.
God said, thou (you) shalt have no other gods before me. Anytime we put anything or anyone in the position of first place in our life, we have broken God’s commandment and therefore have sinned. Jesus Christ continued by saying thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. When you do so, you will not be guilty of committing adultery, stealing or even coveting after those things that belong to someone else. When you commit adultery, you have sinned. When you take something that doesn’t belong to you, you have sinned. When you covet after the things of another, you have sinned.
The problem we have as humans is, we have all sinned.
The Bible says, “For all have sinned…” and “there is none righteous.” With that said, we can easily identify the cause of the curse upon mankind, sin. People keep sinning and God won’t look the other way forever. We are told in the Bible that the wages (payment) of sin is death.
God promises a day of reaping for the sins you have committed. One day you will die, and after you die you will stand before the Lord God Almighty in judgment. For those who have never received Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour, the judgment for them is an eternity in the lake of fire.
God loves you and wants your life to be changed and your eternity to have a totally different outcome. That’s why God sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, into this world. Jesus came into a world filled with sin to save us from our sins and to give us forgiveness and eternal life in Heaven. Not only does Jesus offer forgiveness and Heaven, but He has the power to give you victory over sin’s bondage and control of your life. God’s terms are simple, yet specific. Repent (turn to God from your sin) and believe the Gospel (that Jesus Christ alone died on the cross, was buried, and rose again the third day to save you from your sin).
Will you turn to Christ today? Will you be tired of your sin? Will you repent and believe the truth of Jesus Christ and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour?
You can create self-help programs and even “try” religious practices, but until you are cleansed by the Lord Jesus Christ, you will continue to be controlled by your sin.
Let me know if you have trusted Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.
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God Bless! See you in church!
(Pastor Jones can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PastorTonyJones or visit an upcoming service at Faith Baptist Church … “The Church on the Hill.”)