What Is Sin?

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary gives a definition of sin as “a missing of the mark”.

From a Biblical perspective many of us have viewed it as those things that God doesn't want us to do. This can morph into a thought that God just doesn't want us to have any fun. As I've grown older I have realized that sin is so much more and that they are those things that hurt us.

It is for our own good that God has asked us to live sinless lives.

Let's take a look at some examples to get our point across.

Ephesians 5:18 states "Do not get drunk on wine" NIV. It is not the act of getting drunk that God wants to lead us away from, but rather all of those other messes that you can get yourself into when you are drunk. I'm sure you can think of some problem that has arisen for someone that you know who has gotten drunk. When you are drunk your judgment is impaired. Many people have made the mistake of getting drunk and then had things happen to them that have affected the rest of their lives. Think of someone who kills another person while driving drunk. Imagine the feelings of shame and disgrace that they must carry with them now for the reminder of their lives. It is these hurtful long term consequences that God wants to shield us from.

Galatians 5:19-21 goes on to list a whole laundry list that Paul calls the "acts of the sinful nature". These include sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, and jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness and orgies.

It is not hard to see how delving into any of these acts of the sinful nature can carry long term problems for us.

Sexual promiscuity has become popular as we have celebrated our freedoms. Now unwanted pregnancies and diseases are all around us. We and our generations that follow are paying the price for our acts of the sinful nature.

No, God does not want us to sin. Why? Because He does not want us to suffer the consequences of these acts. He created us to abide with Him and gave us the freedom to choose whether or not we would accept Him. It is us who draw away and decide to walk the wrong path.

In our Sunday School class this week the question was asked "Why is it important to please God?"

Sometimes I feel that it is quite simple, pleasing God is best for us. When we please God we are not doing things that will cause us harm. We are not doing things that have bad consequences. Once again it is about God wanting us to do those things that are best for us and others. If we do this we will be blessed.


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