James 4:17 NKJV
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
When we think of sin we think of the obvious. We think of murder, stealing, adulterous behavior, sexual sins...
Yet we have heard most of our lives that it is ok to tell a white lie. It is ok to circumvent the law of the land if nobody knows about it. It is ok to not report some of our income because it was under the table.
We make up our own rules to justify our behavior. After all, things have changed over the last two thousand years. Our culture has changed and what was a sin twenty years ago is acceptable now, we say.
We pass a person in need and pay them no attention and think it is ok. An opportunity was right in from of us and we turned away. That is a sin just as much as murder.
Sin is a sin. Some religions believe there are levels of sin but there are not.
When Holy Spirit sets forth a plan and we fail to follow Him we are in sin. When we tell that little white lie, we are in sin. When we listen to the wrong voices, we are in sin.
Sin is all around us. Because we are born again the spirit of Christ is in us. And we are in Him. We sin but we are not sinners. We are forgiven of all our sins, forever.
The Father does not see our sins. He only sees us through the eyes of His son, Jesus. This does not mean we should not avoid sin. It means when we mess up His mercy covers us. His grace does not leave.
Thank you, Father, for your mercy and grace. Thank you for my new life in Christ. Thank you for loving me. In Jesus’ name, we pray.