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The Gravity Of Our Sins

It’s no big secret that we all sin. To what extent and how often is different for every person. It’s in our nature to sin. The word “sin” is related to archery and means “missing the mark.” You can miss by a little or you can miss by a lot, but a miss is a miss. When we sin we miss the mark of Gods perfection. He demands perfection from anyone who is to enter into heaven. Christ is the only perfect person and when we are in Christ our sins are washed away. 1 Peter 3:18 says “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,”

So why do we sin?

Short answer is because we inherited a sin nature from our first father Adam. His sin of eating the fruit from the forbidden tree set the precedent for all men to be born with a sin nature.We are a prideful people and always want to do things our own way. The sin of pride is the catalyst that drives all other sins. From pride stems all sorts of evil and corrupt thoughts. Genesis 6:5 reminds us “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Romans 6:23 states “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In Christ is the only place we find forgiveness for our sins against a Holy God. R C Sproul called our sins “cosmic treason”. The weight our sins carry is felt by all involved. When we are in Christ the weightiness becomes that much more to us who commit the sin. The Holy Spirit convicts us every time we commit a transgression against God.

I feel this in my life all the time and prayer is the only way we simple humans can seek to rectify our sins. Praying to God for forgiveness is something we all need to do every time we sin. Acknowledging that He alone can forgive us of our sins is the right way to go about it.

About Matthew S

I'm currently a Deacon at a Baptist Church in the process of becoming an elder. I have an amazing wife and one son. Currently work in a box/puzzle factory. I enjoy studying God's word, lifting weights, hiking, hunting and fishing.

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  1. Hello Matthew,
    I enjoyed your message. It’s so important to listen to the Holy Spirit. And Yes– God will forgive us. Only He and He alone.
    I look forward to reading more of your articles.
    God Bless your path in becoming an Elder and guide you accordingly.

  2. You made this problem regarding our downfall before a holy and just God simple so that even a child may understand. We don’t need to conform to complicated efforts or man made solutions for they will not accomplish anything, but the Lord made it simple that a child can come to Him on His terms. Grateful that we don’t have to jump through hoops or feel the despair of uncertainty throughout our lives whether we are going to be accepted by God and be a part of His eternal kingdom.
    Thank you for a much needed message of good news that the world needs to hear.

  3. Jennifer Woodley

    Hi Matthew, there is a tendency for us to think there are ok sins and sins that are worse – levels of the severity of our sins. But that’s not how God sees it. You clearly explained that all sin, regardless of what it is, is wrong and misses the mark. Repentance is the only way to clear our slate and be in right standing with our Heavenly Father. Thank you for sharing your insight.

  4. Welcome to the writing team, Matthew. One of the mistakes that Christians have made is to focus on particular lifestyles as being sinful. That has alienated a lot of people. Yes, we are all sinners by nature. Sin is evidenced in lots of different ways, some are passive and others overt. We don’t see the passive ones, but God does. Christians are sinners saved by the grace of God.

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