Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Acknowledge Personal Sin

It is easy to go off on a rant about the evil that exists in our world. The Church is very efficient in judging the world for her sin. I could tell you about the filth on TV, in the movies, and the music of today’s contemporary culture. I could give you statics about teen pregnancies, STDs, and drug use. We could sit here and shake our heads and bemoan how wrong our world has become. We could remember the “good old days” when prayer was in school and abortion wasn’t seen as a choice protected by the Constitution. I am not going to do that. It has been done before and it has had little positive effect. Besides you can follow the news just as well as I can and you are able to draw your own conclusions.

What I want to talk about is the sin that we have in our lives. We all have it. For some of us it the sin of laziness, we have hard time doing anything unless we are pressed to do it. Others of us have trouble with gossiping, we like being “in the know” and sharing our knowledge with others. Some of us my have trouble with apathy and the terrible plight of other human beings doesn’t even bother us anymore. Others of us have trouble with our attitudes, we love to whine and complain, criticizing rather than loving.

Here is the problem. We have lived with these sins for so long that we have come to accept them as part of who we are. They are not sins, but rather those little imperfections that make us human. We don’t worry about them or try to change them, after all we are only human. Whether or not we want to believe it, these little pesky sins will affect other people. Remember no person is an island, we live our lives with family and friends and what we do affects them. Even more than that, we don’t realize that these little sins, these habits that we have grown so comfortable with, are roadblocks that keep us from becoming the person God created us to be.

It is my belief that we don’t struggle with sin the way we should. We allow sin to be a part of our lives never thinking about the consequences that sin may have in our lives and in the lives of those around us. The bottom-line is that we don’t see our sin as vile as it is. We can recognize the evilness of sin in others, but we ignore the sin in our own lives. Jesus told a parable that dealt with that very problem.
41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye. (Luke 6:41, 42; ESV)

When we refuse to deal with the sin in our lives we disqualify ourselves from helping other people overcome their sin. Jesus knows that we will always have sin that we struggle with, but he wanted us to understand that we have to be mindful of our sin before helping others with theirs. If we don’t, we become hypocrites, approaching other people from a superior attitude.

What is the log in your eye? We all have one, a sin that hinders us. I challenge you to start taking steps to remove that sin from your life. I urge you to struggle with sin, don’t allow it to find a comfortable residence in your life. If you do this I know that you will grow in your relationship with God, and you will be able to reach out to others in love. The best way to address an evil and sinful world is to first deal with the sin and evil in our lives.

  • Point to Ponder: When we refuse to deal with the sin in our lives we disqualify ourselves from helping other people overcome their sin.
  • Passage to Remember: Luke 6:41-42
  • Question to Consider: What sin have I allowed to exist comfortably in my life?

1 comment:

Dana said...

This is just what I was looking for. I have Bible study tonight and the question was "Why is it easier to identify sin in other people than it is to recognize it in ourselves?" I'm bringing some of these points to class with me tonight. Thanks so much

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