Why is Sin Such a Big Deal?
by Michael Heiden
Have you been pondering the concept of sin lately? It's a topic that can be difficult to understand, but it's important to explore. What is sin, and why does God care so much about it? What can we do in response to our own sin? Let's take a closer look.
What is Sin?
Sin means "to miss the mark." There are two forms of sin:
- We fail to follow God's laws, which shows unbelief in His holiness, perfection, and goodness.
- We fail to share God's love and submit to others, which stems from pride and a desire for control.
Why Does God Care About Sin?
Sin hurts our relationship with God and ourselves. It leaves us broken, selfish, and self-centered. It also hurts others, causing pain and destruction.
- When we sin, it's like breaking the rules in a relationship with someone else: it hurts your relationship and ruptures your connection. God is no different! When we sin, we're not being faithful to him or treating him as he deserves to be treated. Because he loves us so much, he forgives us when we ask (1 John 1:9).
- Sin hurts ourselves and others. Expressed sin always comes at the cost of others. Think how you have been wronged. How did that play out in your relationship? Sin always leaves a wake of hurt, pain, and destruction.
What is the Price of Sin?
The ultimate price of sin is death, but Jesus Christ paid that price for us through His sacrifice on the cross (Isaiah 53:4-6). When we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness through His blood, we are forgiven and clean before God. This also means that we can never be separated from Him again!
How Should I Respond to My Sin?
We can repent daily, confess our sins to God, ask for forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and share His love with others.
Sin is a serious matter, but we don't have to live in fear of it. God loves us and wants to help us be free from sin. Through Jesus Christ, we can escape death and have eternal life with Him. Let us turn to Him and live in His love and grace.