Sin

It’s interesting.

I’ve been pondering much about sin. Besides Jesus, sin will probably be our most common companion.
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 Jn 1:10

I read a recent article from the book “how people change” by Timothy S Lane and Paul David Tipp. In chapter 2 last page, it talks of a person called Craig with

depression. It was nicely put “Criag is not a depressed Christian, but a Christian struggling with depression”. If I may paraphrase it, “XXX is not a sinning Christian, but

a Christian struggling with sins”. They keyword I supposed here is “Struugling” since this puts a world of one who doesn’t gives a hoot about sin, and one who actually

struggles. Imagine a person drowning in water without a struggle which is quite impossible. However, that exactly shows the depraved nature of humankind. We

usually do not even struggle at all when it comes to sinning, it’s almost like our nature to wallow and swim in sin effortlessly. However, to get out of sin would like a

fish out of water, flapping around struggling.

Therefore, as long as one is a Christian, he’d been struggling in sin. The holy spirit will convict us and brings us closer to the likeness of Christ. I’ve been struggling

with sin personally. Will I ever be rid of it? I don’t think so. Thus the promise from God through Jesus his son, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive

us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jn 1:9

I’ve been giving the advise and encouragement that it’s important to come back to God if we ever fall into sin. It will be a real tragedy for one to keep sinning and

thereafter continue to wallow in sin and never coming back to Christ again.

In my devotion yesterday, it was like God speaking to me. Reading from Daily Manna by Rev Isaac Ong, with the subject as “Entering a sinful course”, text verse from

Luke 22:1-20 which is about the last supper. Who was entering into the sinful course? Judas, the chieg priests and scribes. Below is the excerpt:

So great was the enmity of the chief priests and
scribes against Jesus that they were resolved to put
Him to death, by whatever means. The unexpected
offer of traitor Apostle, Judas, to deliver Him into
their hands initiated an unholy pact that set the plot
in motion to achieve their wicked end. The chief
priests and scribes, as well as the turncoat disciple,
were led by their alienation from Christ to perpetrate
this most shameful deed.
All checks of conscience became powerless to
control them. The priests forgot their sacred office,
claims of justice, solemn memorial of the feast, and
the covenant between God and Israel. Judas forgot
all his Master’s love and compassion, His wonderful
deeds and teachings, His holy and innocent life. He
forgot all that was expected of him as a disciple, a
friend and a follower of the Master, with whom he
had the closest fellowship and intimate communion.
Take heed! A sinful course is a course downhill. It
may be in our choice to enter into it or not, but when
we have wilfully entered into it, it is not in our power
to check ourselves and fix a point at which we can
stop.

Thought:
If thou least fallen into sin through violent
temptations, seek speedily for repentance for
it, recovery out of it, and reformation from it. –
Vavasor Powell

For one who is constantly weak and failing, it is important to return to God and Jesus Christ who strength. Put away that sinful emity that Jesus has so willingly,

painfully, sacrificingly on the cross replaced with… God’s love through Jesus Christ.

Pastor Colin Wong again talks about sin and our attitude and minset, several section of his sections spoke.

“In order to help us to remember from where we have fallen, let us ask ourselves five simple questions: 1. If we say that we love God, is there a great desire in us to seek after Him? (Psalm 27:4; 42:1-2; 63:1) 2. If we say that we love God, is there a great hatred against sin? (Isaiah 59:1-2; Habakkuk 1:13) 3. If we say that we love God, is there a grief for things that also grieve Him (Psalm 119:136) 4. If we say that we love God, is there a bitter cry within our heart for His absence? (John 20:13) 5. If we say that we love God, is there a willingness to obey and suffer for Him? (Luke 6:46)

“Do you truly love me more than these?” is God’s supreme test for every Christian. There was a rich man’s wife who complained to her husband every day. Irritated, he said to her, “What do you want? You have my bankbook; you have my bungalow; you have my cars. You have position and prestige. What more do you want?” “I want your heart” and “I want you to love me,” replied his wife. The man exclaimed, “Oh no! You can’t have that. That belongs to another. You may have everything else, but my heart, my love, that’s impossible.”

God cannot use a man whose heart is not on the altar. He cannot use a man who is not willing to surrender everything to Him. A great evangelist once said, “Salvation costs us nothing, for Jesus paid the price; but following the Savior means total sacrifice.””

This concludes my recent notes on sin.

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~ by ymsim on 2011/05/16.

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