June 7, 2016

Concerning the sins of others

Many believe that they can still sin, and do still sin, upon being saved.

They will even say that they are trying to do better all the time, and that God is helping them, and that they don't get upset with themselves when they sin, or at least they don't let it bother them too much.

If that's true, then do those who believe that way allow the sins of others to not affect them too much?

Dear Friend, if your husband announced to you that he had been lying when he said that he liked your new hairdo, then would you get upset?

Would you wonder what else he had lied about in the past?

Would you tell him to never do that again, and how could you ever believe him if he lies?

If he said, "Okay, I'll never do that again," then would you still have a hard time trusting him when he gave you his word?

How about if the sin was adultery?

What if it was just once?

How many times do you lose your temper, or accuse someone falsely, or envy your neighbor, or perhaps all three, plus you are not always honest either, nor gentle, and you would not lay down your life for that certain someone?

What is your sin?

Does it only rear its ugly head occasionally, and perhaps only around certain people, or only at a specific time of the month?

And do you just avoid certain people, and try to remember to drink more water during certain times of the month, and stay away from caffeine if you are really serious about not sinning?

Does jogging help?

Is that how sin is defeated?

I do not understand the outrage over Josh Duggar's sin when the very ones who fired him from his job, and the ones who expressed how bad he was to do such as he did, would also say that Christians still sin, and that they do as well.

Is their sin not as bad?

Do you put sins in categories?

Should those who fired Josh be fired for stealing maybe paper, or paper clips, or a pen from their job?

What if they committed adultery, way back a long time ago, but no one knows about it?

The scenarios could fill a novel when it comes to sin that is committed.

Did Jesus ever rank sin?

Did he say that if the sin was just done once, or every so often, then it was no big deal?

Would you easily let it go if a friend betrayed you?

Or would you hold it against them until— forever?

How do you see your sin?

How do you see the sins of others?

Is it on an equal plane?

Are yours less significant because you try, and you are saved, and besides that, you don't do things as badly as you used to do, and all of that is according to whom— you?

Do you lie less?

Do you lust less?

Do you hate less?

Is that how the Scriptures portray sin in you, and others?

If you say that you follow Jesus, then that means that you adhere to what he said about everything, including sin in you, and others.

Do you?

Do you know what he said?

How you believe about "whatever" is how you will live with it, and do concerning it.

How you believe about sin is how you will express it to yourself, and others.

How do you talk about sin?

How did Jesus talk about it?

Read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and pay close attention.

Study, we are commanded, to reveal to God that we are workers who are approved by him.

That is the way that we won't be ashamed when we stand before him (II Timothy 2:15).

Rightly divide the Word.

But before you can rightly divide it, you must know it.

Do you?

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