In case you did not know, the sins God hates most hurt other people. Therefore, the repercussions of sins that afflict harm of any kind on other people are broad. Consequently, all sin spreads beyond the walls of the transgressor. In other words your sin affects other people. Perhaps if you live on an isolated island in the middle of the sea your private sins would be between you and God.
However, since the maxim is “no man is an island,” there is a good chance that you have a family, or at the very least, friends and acquaintances that you come into contact with on a continual basis. All of them will be affected in some way by sin because sin has consequences.” The sin in this case my be the reason you ended up on the island in the first place.
Examples of sin metamorphosing are great in number. For instance, the church mother forgets from whence she came and openly criticizes the attire of a young woman scantly dressed. Rather than take her aside, “she opts to ridicule her in the presence of other church members. “
Turning God’s people away is a SIN. What have you done if your only claim to fame is helping people who love or like you? How much effort and sacrifice does that require?
God wants believers to reach out to people who resist or pose a challenge to draw in. Furthermore, the Father wants Christians to love people who on the surface may prove difficult to love. The homeless person who smells like a sewer instead of fresh flowers?
The woman who has more children than she can feed, and no help in sight? Finally, the community where your church stands, do they know you? If not, perhaps it’s time to revisit the Bible to read what it tells us about the early church, which establishes the standards of the future church.
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12- 1-8
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. Acts 5: 42
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. … Romans 16: 1-27
The time has come for Christians to pray and speak out! The time has come for Christians to teach. The time has come for Christians to do God’s work and not just talk about what needs to be done, or about what is wrong with everybody but ourselves.
For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1: 4
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5: 8
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, Acts 17: 30
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3: 23
No matter how hard one tries to hide personal sin eventually consequences of that sin(s) come to light. Essentially, there is no such thing as “private” sin. “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.” Mark 4: 22.
Our perception of the essence of sin seems to have gotten twisted somehow. And, this problem is not only prevalent among nonbelievers, but Christians have also adopted views of sin that don’t line up with God’s. Some even suggest that a little sin is not so bad, or that there is really such a thing as a “white lie?”
As unpleasant as this may sound, it must be said. that “it is impossible to be born again and continue engaging in patterns of sin.” The key word here is “patterns.” Because no man or woman is perfect, not capable of not committing any sin at all, it is important to clarify what is considered established patterns of sin.(more…)