Oct. 13 - Deal with It
Romans 6:12-18 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. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
There are three words used in Scripture to refer to wrongdoing:
Sin – to fail or miss the mark, a moral failure. This is when we are using our measurements for what it means to love God and love others and think we are succeeding, but are really failing.
Transgression – a rebellion or trespass, the betrayal of a friendship, violating the trust of others. The example Greg used is if a stranger breaks into your house and steals something, that is considered robbery. But, if the person who broke into your house and stole something was someone you know and who knows you, it is a transgression, because they have broken trust with you.
Iniquity – to be bent or crooked. Your conscience and choices should be straight, but can become bent. Throughout the Old and New Testament, the writers use the word “iniquity” as a metaphor for people’s behavior.
So what do all these words for sin mean to us? How can we evaluate ourselves to see where we are going astray?
Sin - What is the mark we are missing which culminates in our moral failure?
Transgression - With which relationship are we breaking trust?
Iniquity - What does straight look like so we can know when our path is crooked?
We learn from Genesis we were created to reflect the image of God. We can do that by loving God and loving others. God doesn’t intend for us to choose who and how we love, but to love the way He does. We can more easily display Christ-likeness with a proper understanding of sin, which will give us a desire to seek it out in our lives and dispose of it.
A tendency to self-deception
Our failure to love God and others
Our inability to judge whether we are succeeding or failing
A failure to be truly human.
Spend this week in prayer and self-reflection. Ask yourself questions to determine where your sin lies within your heart and deal with it! God is bigger than any sin we’re struggling with. With His help, we can stop our sinful patterns of hurting ourselves and others.