What’s So Important About Sin

What’s So Important About Sin

UChenna F. Bekee

What is all the fuss about? What is sin anyway? We hear the word all the time and have an understanding that “sin” is something wrong or bad. Society easily views actions like murder, theft and physical abuse as sin and bad for mankind. But what is sin really?

Webster defines sin as: an offense against religious or moral law

The Bible defines sin as breaking God’s law (1 John 3:4), which is the basis for many of the moral laws we have today. This unintended or willful disobedience to what God commands us to do is sin, and can cause us to be lost eternally.

Of course, you may think that you haven’t broken any of God’s laws. You may think that you are a good moral person: you haven’t killed anyone, or cheated on your taxes, you may give to charities and be a productive member of society. And if you are doing these things, you are a good, moral person according to society’s standard. But God has set a standard of living in His word, the Bible, and He wants us to live by it.

So, what’s the importance of sin in your life? The Bible reveals much on the subject of sin and how it affects mankind. Pure and simple, sin causes us to be separated from God.

“But your iniquities (sins) have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2

Unfortunately, We have all sinned!

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23

And the apostle John tells us in I John 1:8:

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

The consequence of this separation from God (because of my sinning), if left alone, is spiritual death in Hell for eternity!

“For the wages of sin is death…” – Romans 6:23a

But you might say, “How can this be, if I’m being a good moral person?”

Let’s look at a list of sins that might hit closer to home: greed, evil, envy, murder, strife (fighting), deceit (lying), malice, gossip, insolence, arrogance, boastfulness, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving and unmerciful. This is one of many lists in God’s Holy word of things He does not approve. (This list was part of the verses found in Romans 1:29-31.) Notice how murder is included with gossip as something God disapproves of, all sin is evil in God’s sight. The Bible tells in the book of James,

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” – James 2:10

We are encouraged by the apostle Paul,

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts” – Romans 6:12

Don’t let sin have control of you and your spiritual future. God has provided a way to overcome sin and its evil effects in our life. Paul also tells us that,

“…the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23b

What must you do to receive this gift from God? Look for our upcoming article on repentance,

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~ by ubcky4 on May 29, 2010.

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