What is Sin?

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17 King James Version

I received an email from someone who asked me "What is sin?" We read in our Scripture verse for today, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." So often we point a criticizing finger at other people when we should be pointing that finger at ourselves. We are the ones who put labels on sins. We say that one sin is worse than another sin. God does not put labels on sin. To Him, sin is sin. Jesus died for the person who hurts someone deliberately as well as for the person who kills someone.

We know that we should not say and do things deliberately that we know will make our spouses, our families, our loved ones and friends upset, yet we do and say them anyway. Since we know that we shouldn’t do them, when we do them, we are sinning. We should not start an argument, yet often we do it when we can’t get our own way.

I know of two couples who actually got so angry over who had control of the remote for the television that one of the spouses slept on the couch for several days. How sad, dear people, that we would value our television set and the remote control over our spouses. How we must break the heart of our precious Saviour.

The majority of the television programs that the stations are broadcasting now are not programs that people who claim to be born again through the precious atoning blood of Jesus should be watching. It is very rare to find a program that does not have either sexual scenes, violence, cursing, or downright filth.

We wonder why our children grow up to be disrespectful to us and to their teachers and to authority. It is because of the things that have been burned into their minds and hearts through the television. Instead of our children having the love of Jesus in their hearts, they have hatred and disrespect for their parents and for authority. It is no wonder at all that our teenagers give in to peer pressure. They see people taking drugs and drinking alcohol on television so they have the mistaken impression that it is okay to do drugs and drink alcohol.

May God forgive us for allowing our children to watch things that not only hurt them, but bring disgrace to our Saviour. One day, we as parents, will stand before a Holy God and give an account of why we allowed our children to spend most of their time in front of the television set. May God have mercy on us.

Jesus has told us that we are to spread His unconditional love to everyone we meet and when we don’t do it, we are sinning. We are to be an encouragement to one another and pray for one another and when we don’t do these things, according to our Scripture verse, we are sinning because we know to do them.

I challenge all of us, including me, to pray more, encourage more and love more. Not only will we be obedient to Jesus, we will make Him happy. Making Jesus happy should be the top priority in every Christian’s life. If it isn’t, then we need to do a heart checkup and see if we really do love Jesus.

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

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