19 May The Games We Play
“The closer to God you draw, the greater will be your disdain for sin.” Dr. Richard Blackaby
It’s easy to play the excuses game and feel justified in sin, especially for a minor sin. “I’m not harming anyone, right?”
How about the comparison game? “My sin isn’t as bad as ____________. At least I’ve never __________. “
What I’m actually doing is viewing sin from my perspective or that of the world, and, over time, I lose my disdain for casual sin and risk slipping deeper — sin is never satisfied with small.
The danger: the farther away from God we slip, the easier it is to view Him as the problem, and we start to feel guilty for upholding His standard.
And, yeah, God’s standard is high, but He bridged that gap to make sure ALL are without excuse. (Romans 3:23 and 6:23)
Jesus paid for ALL sin — big and small — and the price was the same.
— there is no minor sin.
So stop categorizing it, rating it, and excusing it. It doesn’t do anyone any good. You might make friends with the world, but you also make enemies with God.
We don’t need to make friends with the world.
We need our world to make friends with Jesus.
“Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
Susan E. Greenwood is a wife, a mother, and a mother-in-law :D. She has over 28 years experience in youth and children’s ministries. Susan loves to write blogs, articles, devotionals, and curriculum. She has blogged for bible.org, and authors Mary Demuth, Lynn Cowell and Ruth Schwenk. Susan writes regularly for skitguys.com. Her passion is to help people live their Life In Stride with the Word of God.