Small but Dangerous

I am convinced that my sin is not a problem to God. It doesn’t affect Him at all. My sin is a problem to me. If I truly understand this, then I can never face condemnation or guilt, but rather will experience His grace which comes to me for forgiveness and restoration. If I allow sin to become an issue, then I will strive in my own power and ability to get free and ‘sort’ myself out. This is not what Christ died for.

I do not have to prove myself to anyone, not even the Lord, for by His grace He has already accepted me in Christ. I don’t have to try to be better or even try to change. He loves me just as I am and thats unconditional.

It’s the same as when someone you know has unforgiveness against you. You may be completely unaware of this and carry on as normal. Your’e free, but they will struggle. They can’t look you in the face and will try everything to avoid you at all costs. This is what sin does to us. It has no affect on the Lord but will definitely harden our heart and make it difficult in our relationship with Him and others.

This is why scripture refers to the ‘deceitfulness’ of sin. It is like leprosy or cancer that, left untreated, will fester and grow. A friend of mine had this small discolouration on his skin near his ankle. It would sometimes irritate him and his wife suggested that he seeks medical advice. But, it was so small that he never felt it was serious enough to go to the doctor. Finally he succumbed, and after some tests, found out that his leg was full of tumours. Sadly even after these were removed, it was too late and some two years later he passed away. Something so small and yet so devastating.

Jesus died for our sin. Not just the past but the everyday sin. The attitudes, the words, the thoughts – all those things which are ungodly, He took our sin upon Himself so that we could become righteous. He is always there to remove from us the sin which so easily creeps into our lives. Our responsibility is to make sure that we turn to Him and find His forgiveness and so continue to walk a holy and pure life.

The problem with many Christians is that they struggle with the fact that there is sin in their life. Condemnation and guilt comes, and they draw back from the Lord instead of accepting that He is there to forgive and set free. He knows all about us and as a loving father desires to bring restoration to us. Some would say, “But I am always asking for forgiveness, I never change”. Well, if Jesus says that we are to forgive seventy times seven everyday, don’t you think that the Lord can easily forgive us. The real issue is to not allow your sin to separate you from Him, but to draw close and experience His amazing Grace and the power of HIs forgiveness.

Well, that’s the way I see it.