Getting serious with sin

Have you ever felt deeply convicted of sin? I have. Recently in his kindness, God made me very aware of sin in my life that needed to be dealt with. To be honest, I didn’t feel like dealing with it, and tried to ignore the conviction. But the words of Psalm 32 kept rattling unnervingly in my head:

“When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat. Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You took away the guilt of my sin.”

Perhaps you know this feeling. Perhaps you’re experiencing it as you read this now.

The good news is, God convicts us of our sin because he loves us and our sin matters.

To see how much sin matters, we need only look at the penalty for sin – our very lives.

To see how much God loves us, we need only look to Jesus – who willingly went to the cross to pay a ransom that wasn’t his to pay.

This is the good news of the gospel – the guilty have been set free. Set free to love God. Set free to worship. This is the good news that Exodus illustrates for us – God’s people are freed from slavery to sin – not to return once again to sin, but to live a life of freedom to love and worship the one true God.

A book that has helped me explore this topic is ‘Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry’. It’s an excellent book by Mike Wilkerson, based on the book of Exodus. Here’s a quote on how the gospel changes our attitude to sin:

“This good news is far superior to despising others for sin, excusing sin, hiding sin, partially confessing sin, denying sin, becoming defined by sin, minimizing sin, giving in to sin, being ruled by sin, accepting sin, or ignoring sin, because this good news actually redeems from sin when accompanied by a lifestyle of humble and biblical faith and repentance.”

If you would like to get serious about dealing with sin (in all its shapes and sizes), let me encourage you to read this book as we strive by God’s power to grow into his likeness.

With love in Christ,
Steve Kryger

PS – Check out the great article on our website entitled ’35 reasons not to sin’.

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