|Posted by GFNSProductions on June 16, 2017 at 7:20 AM|
Oftentimes, we as christians have the tendency to think: "I can sin a little, cause the majority of my conduct is good; therefore, the clean outweighs the stink." This reasoning may be found in us whether we are new believers or Christians that have known the Lord for awhile. When we use the sins in our former life as a comparison to justify the sins we commit now in Christ, we fail to realize how much of a destructive power even a little sin may have in our lives. For as it is written in the holy scriptures, "Your boasting about this is terrible. Don't you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?" (1 Corinthians 5:6) Basically, sin cannot be diluted even in a bucket of our righteous acts; whereas, all your righteous acts are compromised by sin.
As it was explained in the Old Testament (also known as the hebrew scriptures), "On December 18 of the second year of King Darius's reign, Yahweh [God] sent this message to the prophet Haggai: "This is what Yahweh of Heaven's Armies says. Ask the priests this question about the law: "If one of you is carrying some meat from a holy sacrifice in his robes and his robe happens to brush against some bread or stew, wine or olive oil, or any other kind of food, will it also become holy?" The priests replied, "No."Then Haggai asked, "If someone becomes ceremonially unclean by touching a dead person and then touches any of these foods, will the food be defiled?" And the priests answered, "Yes." Then Haggai responded, "That is how it is with this people and this nation, says Yahweh. Everything they do and everything they offer is defiled by their sin." (Haggai 2:10-14)
As is also brought out by the prophet Isaiah, "We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind." (Isaiah 64:6)
You see, God has been trying to teach His people from early on that the only way to get rid of sin is by confessing them to Him and repentance, not rationalizing them away by comparing them in relation to our good works or righteousness. Instead, we should focus on what Jesus Christ has done for us to gain forgiveness for our sins. As explained by the Apostle Paul, "However, I consider those things that were gain to me as a loss for Christ. Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be a loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death; if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead." (Philippians 3:7-11)
On the other hand, the fact that we are forgiven by God because of Jesus' sacrifice in itself is not a justification for us to continue sinning either. As the Apostle Paul brings out also, "Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace. Well then, since God's grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living."(Romans6:12-16)
This being said, I must still add that we are imperfect and even in our best efforts will still fail to meet up to God's expectations at times; however, we should not allow the fact that we may fail at times be justification for not striving to leave a particular sin behind. To reinforce the aforementioned point, I leave you with these verses from the Apostle John (also known as the one that Jesus loved): "This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts." (1 John 1:5-10)