Ok so last Saturday I briefed you for what was to come in today’s post, in which I basically suggested that if you want to know the Word, read it for yourself. Or in other words, we Christians tend to quote scripture that we have never even seen with our own eyes, yet we spit them out as if we were the dag on authors.lol SMH (Notice I said WE, because, well, I have fallen guilty to this sad truth)
How can we expect to live right if we do not understand the expectations God has for us? If we have never opened His Word and searched for the daily bread that feeds us and keeps us alive, how can we quote anything to anybody?
Yeah..I will leave that there and move on to todays subject…
So, this week I have really been doing some soul-searching, questioning why God continues to use me, even after I
fall. With no clear answer in sight, aside from the fact that His love is TRULY unconditional, I began thinking about the ways I have fallen. Which then led me to question, what is really in the sin? What is it exactly that constitutes a sin?
For example is drinking alcohol the sin or is drinking in excess, to the point where you lose all self-control, the actual sin?
Is listening to
Pretty Ricky the sin, or is listening to Pretty Ricky to the point where it causes you to think nasty thoughts the actual sin?
Is love for another of the same sex the sin, or is it the physical, sexual actions that manifest from that love the actual sin?
Is going out to the club a sin, or is it when that random man starts grinding on you from behind, (or vise-versa, #imjussayin) that becomes the sin?
Do I have all of the answers, umm nah..but do I have the most powerful resource in all the Earth? I SURE DO!
First and foremost, we know that all have sinned and fallen short, as told by Paul in Romans 3:23.
But what is sin? To answer this as clear and concise as possible I reference 1 John 3: 4 which says “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” So in essence anything we do AGAINST the laws of God is considered a sin. Well what are the laws of God? The answer to that is a bit more complicated, because in my understanding His law spans from Genesis to Revelation, and cannot be pinned down to just a few things. However if we consider the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 22:34-37, Christ makes it very easy for us, by telling us the Greatest Law of all, which is to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. Simple enough, right? Wrong!
As Christians we tend to struggle with this because we let other things take the place of God, automatically breaking His greatest commandment. Some of us put our significant other before God, for some of us it’s our friends, and for others it is our love of material pleasures that ruin our relationship with God. At what point does our heart become overcrowded with Ungodly love? In what instances do we find ourselves trading our souls for a temporary moment of pleasure? How often are our minds focused on things other than the Glory of God? MMmm..yea…I have some work to do..how about you?