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Sin Offended

The truth hurts because your sin is offended. If you get rid of the sin you get rid of the offense.

This phrase sits heavy on my heart as of late. At the root of of this phrase lies a call to repentance. Repentance is a tough word that people refrain from using frequently. How many churches hear this word preached regularly? Christians by and large in America posses a low view of sin. We use a gradient scale for sin, always with “our” sin being on the low end of the badness spectrum. But to God, all sin remains detestable.

All sin is detestable to God…

…Lying, even the little ones…

…Lust, those seemingly harmless little fantasies…

…Pride, the skewed lens we see others and ourselves through…

…Inaction, the things you simply refuse to do out of laziness or fear…

…And the worst sin we commit in our culture today? The arrogance that our sins don’t matter.

I listened to Dr. Jeannine Brabon this week who works with rebel and gang leaders in high security prisons within Columbia. For two days I heard her tell of how these murderers, who once coming to Christ, are so sensitive to sin in their life, they come before her crying and repenting after committing sins that others write off as being circumstantial necessities. These men upon their release typically are murdered by their former gangs because they refuse to sin in this life by returning to any part of their old life. To them, sin is so detestable they would rather give their life than commit sin against their Savior. Wow!

The truth is this, though we maybe in Christ, many of us still live in sin. We dismiss these things because we are saved. But our sin still matters to God. We cannot walk with Christ and continue to walk in our sin unrepentant.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” – 1 John 1:5-10 NIV

The truth hurts because our sin is offended. If we get rid of the sin we get rid of the offense.

God Bless,

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