So, I recently watched a sermon by Micheal Todd from Transformation Church about grace. One of the biggest takeaways that I had from the sermon was about sin and I wanted to share it all with you.
First, let’s define sin. It is any action or thought that goes against God’s divine law. However, since we are under the new covenant, us knowing about sin is not to tell us what we can and can’t do, but rather to help us tell right from wrong.
There are right things, and wrong things. Sin is just the wrong thing. And we shouldn’t be focused on it.
This might not be everyone’s take about sin, but I just wanted to share what my thinking was during the video.
Note: If you feel like I got anything wrong, or if I’m misleading please comment it below! I’m just sharing my thoughts on the subject, not preaching.
1. Focusing on Sin causes us to create a hierarchy system.
I think a lot of the time we forget that sin is not ranked. We forget that no sin is greater than another in the eyes of God.
However, as a society, we began judging sin on this hierarchy system in order to make ourselves feel better about our sin. Then, shaming those who don’t sin correctly in our rankings.
Like, sometimes we will think, “okay, so sex before marriage, white lies, and cheating are okay sins to commit. But rape and murder are not. “
News Flash, they are all bad. God hates all sin. There is no ranking or sugar-coating it. Sin is sin. There are no levels to sin. We all need Him equally and we all sin.
Thinking that there are levels to sin causes us to lose compassion for the people who do “big sins” and we end up turning people away from God’s glory. Making people feel that God can’t forgive their “big sin.”
When Jesus came He forgave all sin. Past, Present, and Future. Not just “small sins.”
2. Focusing on Sin can cause us to resent God.
I suffered from this one. I was so wrapped up in not sinning that when I saw a fellow Christian sinning and getting blessed I would be upset.
Like God, why are you convicting me about this issue, making me feel that I can’t do this when other people are doing it and are thriving?
News Flash, I can sin too if I want to. When Jesus came, He made it so that my entry to heaven isn’t based on how little or big I sin, but having faith in Him. So I no longer need to focus on trying to be ‘good’ for God.
I didn’t need to force myself to be good to get God’s love and favor. God is not judging me or you based on our sin, so why are we judging ourselves and each other?
I’m not saying living a life of complacent sin is okay. I’m just saying there is no need to be so hard one’s self to get it right. Let the Holy Spirit take over and guide you in better ways. Lift the burden off your shoulders and give it to Christ. It’s okay to make mistakes.
This realization has been freeing for me. I no longer focus on sin, and now I focus on the glory of God. Which has ironically caused me to sin less.
3. Focusing on Sin causes us to lose focus on God’s grace.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.Proverbs 23:7, Amplified Bible
In Proverbs 23:7, it explains that whatever you think about, you are going to become/do. Focus on sin and you will sin.
In the Old Covenant, the only way to get to heaven was by not sinning, or giving a sacrifice to God for your sin. This wasn’t working because everyone was so focused on not sinning that it was causing them to sin.
Whatever you think about you will become.
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, he gave us the ability to no longer focus on sin. Under our new covenant sin doesn’t determine our status with God, so we don’t need to focus on it.
Instead, we should focus on God and his grace. That is how you heal from sin and it’s grip on your life. You focus on God.
God is healing and by focusing our attention on Him, we gain healing.
4. It gives too much power to sin
Since we are all under the New Covenant, we need to stop thinking of sin as this damnable and condemning thing, because it’s not.
There is no condemnation under God’s new covenant.
Rather than thinking of sin, as this unforgivable and damning thing. We should think of it as a misstep. Picture yourself, walking and you stumble a little. You didn’t fall, but your feet got a little twisted.
Do you bash yourself for your misstep? Or do other people bash you and tell you how stupid you were to stumble a little? Do you focus on it throughout the rest of your day and life?
Nooooo, because it was a mistake. It’s a misstep and we all stumble. Every single one of us. Why make a big deal out of it. Instead, we just try to be more careful when we walk. We get up, we learn and we move on.
That is how we should think of sin. We shouldn’t let it ruin our lives or make us hate ourselves. It was a misstep. It happens and we move on and do better.
But what if our sin isn’t a misstep, but purposeful?
Short answer: Don’t be afraid, we all purposefully sin sometimes and God loves us still. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be striving to do better.
All sin has real-life consequences. Think sins, like gossiping and dressing revealing, or clubbing and partying, sex before marriage. These are purposeful sins that cause trouble for us in real-time. Consequences that can oftentimes be avoided. But we are all works in progress, not masterpieces.
I think we must also realize that all sin hurts God. And as we learn to love God. We will start to realize that if we can prevent it, we don’t want to cause pain to God because of useless sin. We want to truly live the life that He has set out for us. Where we have power over sin, and it doesn’t have power over us.
Sin is, unfortunately, a part of our life here on earth. We sin and we learn from it, and we turn away from it. That’s it.
Focus on God and forget about sin. Never take your eyes away from God. He didn’t call you to be perfect. So don’t try to be. The more you learn about God, and trust him the more you will start to see yourself sinning less.
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