Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hating sin and loving God

"If you will fear the Lord, and serve Him, and obey His voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then both you and the king that reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God. But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then will the hand of the Lord be against you" (1 Samuel 12:14-15). How many of us really understand the grievous nature of sin? It so saturates our culture and our lives that we have lost the true grasp of how serious it is to our loving, but righteous, just, and holy God.

Adam and Eve were banished from paradise for one disobedient act of eating fruit from a tree they were commanded not to eat from. "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, 'Has God said, You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?' And the woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the garden; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God has said, You will not eat of it, nor will you touch it, or else you will die.’  Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You surely will not die! For God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasing to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave to her husband with her, and he ate" (Genesis 3:1-6).

The sin of eating one piece of fruit they were told not to eat may seem insignificant and harmless on the surface, but sin is not insignificant to God. Satan might have convinced Adam and Eve that it was no big deal and nothing to be concerned about, but it ended up being the biggest event throughout the entire history of the human race until Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection as a perfect sacrifice for the sin of humanity.

"What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid! But I did not know sin, except through the law. I would not have known coveting if the law had not said, 'You shall not covet.' But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law sin is dead. I was alive without the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was intended for life, proved to be death in me. For sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and killed me through it. So then, the law is holy and the commandment is holy and just and good. Therefore has that which is good become death unto me? God forbid! Rather, sin, that it might be shown to be sin, was working death in me through that which is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful." (Romans 7:7-13). God's Law is perfectly good, but when we disobey it, it shows us our wrongdoing. God's Law does not make sin to be sin. To say it another way, God's Law does not make bad things wrong. God's law shows us what is good and convicts us when we violate that good so we will run toward the mercy of God found in Jesus Christ. When we accept His pardon by turning from our sins and trusting in Him for forgiveness, we can be made right with God and given a new nature. That new nature enables us to please God with our thoughts, words, and actions because it is infused with the power of the Holy Spirit. Sin is not trivial just because it is widespread. Each of us will give account for our lives. Trust in Jesus and live for Him. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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