2016 – A to Z – S -Sin

For most of your life you have been aware of the four and five letter words that are short, but powerful in their meaning and implications when used. You will also know them as profanity, the collection of words that are considered to be taboo in civilized situations. Well, as a Christian I consider the three letter word that is the topic of the post even worse than any of the others I referred to. Sin as a word encompasses actions more than anything else.

I thought about detailing a list of sins, but the instruction on these A to Z posts is to keep them short and sweet so people can read many in a day. There is nothing short about the list of things that qualify as sin. For a basic guide you can turn to Exodus Chapter 20 and review the Ten Commandments. Actually it is verse 3 through 17 of Exodus 20 that lists these basic instructions of how we should live as Christians.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

My wife and I teach a middle school class for Sunday School at our church and we regularly tell our students to be sure they do not elevate one sin to be worse than another. In God’s eye a sin is a sin. You are as guilty for lust as for murder or adultery. People don’t like that idea, because they feel they can justify that some things are less offensive. But God is not onboard with this kind of massaging of the truth.

Sin is something you will continue to face after you ask Jesus to save your life. The difference is that His grace covers that sin.

 

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