Sugar Coated Sin Part III: It’s Not So Bad
As human beings, we tend to weigh and measure things quite a bit. We determine everything from our height and weight, to the value of nearly everything we own. We also tend to size up or down one another. This is a practice that is almost habitual. It is something we do with both the good as well as the bad.
I may have lied about going to the party, but he cheated on his wife.
I may have walked out of the store with a dollar more than I should have, but she embezzled from her family business.
When we gossip, overindulge, insult one another, worry, overspend, act out of fear, and complain it might seem like no big deal. In fact, these things can seem quite minuscule or trivial. We chalk them up as weaknesses, struggles, or personality traits so as to justify our actions.
What’s The Big Deal?
It is true that some sins seem greater than others.
Mark 3:28-29 King James Version (KJV)
28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
However, ALL SIN bears the same price. That price being DEATH.
Romans 6:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Every sin is not something we should take lightly and is something we should not only seek forgiveness from but repent of. The more aware we become of the true nature of sin, the more unblemished our Lord is and the more aware we are of the hideousness of our sins.
God Cannot Forgive Me For What I Have Done
Have you ever said, done, or thought something truly awful? Have you ever struggled to forgive yourself? Did you forgive yourself?
I have some sins, years old, that I have repeated that I have no wish or desire to do again. These same sins are ones that loom over my head like a dark cloud of despair. For me, it is a failure as a wife and mother to have acted thusly. It weighed on me for a long time, sometimes I still look back and feel that old feeling of failure and defeat. This feeling as well as that of lingering guilt, once forgiveness has been sought and repentance practiced, is a needless one.
It has taken a lot of prayers. Likewise, it has also taken a great deal of soul searching. Most importantly, it has taken some humility. Accepting another’s forgiveness, particularly that of our divine God can be one of the most challenging things to do when we struggle to forgive ourselves.
This feeling as well as that of lingering guilt, once forgiveness has been sought and repentance practiced, is a needless one. If we let it, it can swallow us whole and encase us within an impenetrable shroud of hopelessness and despair.
Is this feeling one you too, know well? Let me tell you, I relate. It is a terrible feeling. The truth is:
- God does forgive us
- God’s grace is bigger than our sin
Luke 23:33-47 King James Version (KJV)
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. 35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. 36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, 37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. 38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This Is The King Of The Jews. 39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. 44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. 47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
On Golgatha, Calvary, otherwise referred to as Skull Rock, God’s mercy was poured out. Knowing our struggles as well as our wickedness, God took on human form. He bore our pains as well as hardships. Like us, He was tempted. Setting the perfect example God sent Jesus who was God’s perfect lamb. Presented as a living sacrifice, much like the sin offerings of the Old Testament, Jesus came and died for us.
On the cross, mercy, and truth met. Righteousness and peace kissed one another. In those final moments….those long grueling hours on the cross our sins were atoned for. Our price was paid.
The cross paints a picture of God’s position and thoughts on sin. Likewise, it reveals the tremendous cost of our transgressions along with His undying love for us.