Facing the Harsh Realities of Sin

If we are really honest, most people don’t like to think of themselves as a sinner. This is even true of Christians. We like to dismiss our sin as merely mistakes or a lapse in judgment. But sin is quite insidious. We don’t realize just how dangerous it is until it is too late. We get used to sin, make excuses for it and even learn to live with it.

Tim Matthews delivered a tough sermon tonight at The Mix. It was a hurt so good kind of experience. His key passage  was James 1:13-15. Tim said that the harsh reality is that we want to blame others for our sin, but temptation brings out what is inside of us. We can’t blame God, the devil or even others. He said one of the first things we have to do to deal with sin is recognize it in our own lives. We have to confess our responsibility and not try to shift the blame. Then, we go to God and let Him purify us.

Tim added that we have to take pratical steps like fleeing from the appearance of evil and areas where we are naturally weak.

Looking specifically at lust, Tim said, “Lust is a lying desire, it will never satisfy.” Lust promises what it will never deliver. He went on to say, “If your sin really satisfies, why do you have to keep on going back to it?”

This is a good question, and it really shows that all sin starts with believing a lie. Sin is more than a mistake. It is rebellion against God.

The Epistle of James tells us that our sin comes from lust that conceives or births sin in us. It is almost as if sin is our own baby that is why it can be so difficult to overcome. We have birthed it, nurtured it and don’t realize it will kill us.

Tim said, “What you are trying to give birth to (sin) is trying to kill you. Dealing with sin is like trying to kill your baby. I know it (a baby) looks cute, but when it gets big you die. If you don’t kill your sin, it will kill you.”

The harsh reality is “Sin kills!”

4 responses to “Facing the Harsh Realities of Sin

  1. sin–a violation of a divine law. so sin depends upon what it is defined as being (aka, whatever the “divine laws” are), but how can one sin if s/he does not believe in a god that suffers its people to be tormented by shoulds and should nots? no “divine” laws. just life.

    i don’t sin. it does not apply to me.

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  3. If you can conceptualize the ten commandments (or twelve depending on where you’re reading it) into a single concept, you would realize that a self-centered mindset is at the core where ALL sin comes from. It makes you think you or your ideas are more important than the others around you (or even God), it makes you desire what isn’t yours, it makes you do things that are inconsiderate, it makes people lie and it also makes you think that you don’t have sin (trans: nothing wrong with what you do).

    Sin is the self-centered thought that leads to the action. It can be observed and understood, but the (sinful) nature of man prevents it from being eliminated.

  4. Shannon, M.Div.

    Something else to think about: Hebrews 12:1-2. These verses talk about laying aside the weight and the sin which does so easily beset us so that we can run the race of faith.

    What strikes me about this is the conjunction: AND. The weight is not the same thing as the sin. The sin’s bad, but as we progress in the faith, stuff that isn’t even sinful becomes a hindrance to the race. Bah.

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