WHAT IS SIN?
I sin when I come short of the standard God has set before me (Romans 3:23). The pass mark for an exam is 50. If you get 49 marks you have failed. If someone else gets 5 marks he has failed. It is no good you saying, “I did much better than the one who got 5”. You have both failed.
50 – Pass
49 – Fail
5 – Fail
You may think you’re not so bad, better than most. But that’s not the point, for not one of us has come anywhere near God’s perfect standard – Jesus Christ. We can’t even reach our own standards.
We may not have done anything specially wicked. We simply are sinners because we are just not good enough. I sin when I live for myself. I sin when I say, ‘I’m my own boss, it’s my own life, I can do what I like with it.’ I sin when I refuse to put my trust in Jesus Christ. (John 16:9)
What sin does
Sin is like an ugly blot on a clean page. Being selfish, lazy, thoughtless, telling lies and dirty stories ruin one’s character. Sin destroys the happiness of a home or a friendship.
Sin is like weeds in a garden; if not rooted out, they will soon overrun it. Little acts of dishonesty and disobedience soon become habits we cannot break.
Sin is like a thick cloud, which blots out the sun. As a result God seems miles away. God is pure and holy. He hates sin. He cannot and will not look at sin. Sin blocks the way to HIM. Sin cuts you off from God in this life and in the life to come. Be quite clear about this; hell is a grim and dreadful reality for ALL who reject Jesus Christ in this life.
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