There is Grace – August 18, 2018

There is Grace!

There is a tendency for us to dilute ourselves that is so very pervasive that if it were not for the Grace that is piled on us daily we would be doomed. In order to fully appreciate that Grace we have to understand our transgressions.

And they are many!

Note from Kip…

Let’s forget about what we might consider the ‘big sins’. You know the ones that we might be able to skirt because we’d never actually do ‘that’. Things like murder, sexual depravity, idol worship, and so on. Those actual acts the majority of us can and do take comfort in that ‘we’ are not a part of.

Or Are We?

Jesus takes a broader view of some of these big sins.

Let’s get one thing straight out front. Sin is sin. Sin is inextricably linked to death. Therefore, the concept of little verse big sins is a fallacy, the distinction doesn’t exists.  If we really understand this and take it to heart we find ourselves lost in a sea of iniquity, flailing to try and keep ourselves from sinking into the depths of depravity.

Yes, even the little ones.

But we’ll talk more about the perceived little sins here shortly. We are talking about the big ones right now.

“You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder,, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Fool!’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You moron!’ will be subject to hellfire.

Matthew 5:21-22 (HCSB)

The words ‘judgement’ Sanhedrin, and hellfire, all reflect the concept of being condemned, facing a tribunal, and the consequences of our actions. So, who has upset you recently?  Strongs defines the word used for ‘angry’ as:

‘to provoke or enrage, i.e. (passively) become exasperated.’

Ouch! I guess we should rephrase that question a bit. Who have you become exasperated with lately? Your a murderer in Jesus eyes!

So much for little sin.

“You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery., But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Matthew 5:27-28 (HCSB)

Women, your not off the hook here either, if you have ‘hubba-hubba’ in your heart for some fine looking specimen of a man, you’re in the same boat as the boys and their lust.

This matter of adultery (aka. big sin) is committed on a large scale by both men and women. Even if it is just ‘a little’ lust. There is a fine line easily crossed if we are honest with ourselves between, admiring God’s demonstration of His skill in sculpting beauty in flesh and fleshly desire. Just because we might justify our thoughts to ourselves doesn’t fix the issue, it’s still adultery if it crosses that thin line.

In fact, these biggies are outlined in proverbs and are referred to as the seven deadly sins, outlines a few things that we could really have some issues with. Since they are called the seven deadly sins then we probably should pay attention to them.

The Lord hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to Him:

arrogant eyes,
a lying tongue, 
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that plots wicked schemes, 
feet eager to run to evil, 
a lying witness who gives false testimony, 
and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.

Proverbs 6:16-19 (HCSB)

Needless to say, if there was a thing such as ‘big’ -vs- ‘little’ sins we don’t get to skate of this issue regardless.

But There Is No Little Sin

Nor are there little fibs. That in itself is telling a whopper!

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23 (HCSB)

So the ‘little’ ones carry the same big consequences as the ones we want to call big.

Before we try to convince ourselves that we don’t have sin lets run down he laundry list that Paul outlined for us in Romans 1:28-32 (NLT).

Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.

You are not going to skate of this if you, trust your luck or figure those blessings as simply good fortune.  We miss opportunities to acknowledge God for what He does for us all the time.

Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin,

greed,“… Been there wanted that!

hate,“… Just how far can we carry ‘loving our enemies?’ Hate is ugly and pervasive.

envy,“… I wish I could be like, I wish I could have what they have.

murder,“… Jesus spelled this one out for us. Been exasperated?

quarreling,“… disagreements anyone?

deception,“… What I meant to say… These aren’t the sins you’re looking for!

malicious behavior,“… undermined anyone lately?

and gossip.“… Have you heard?

They are backstabbers,“… What have you said to one that you wouldn’t feel right saying to another. Could just be this.

haters of God,“… Have we been angry with God about something He allowed to happen or didn’t intervene on our behalf for? Remember exasperated.

insolent,“… Why the nerve!

proud,“… You would never see me doing that!

and boastful.“… Hey, I just have to hand it to myself. I am good! (the next step is to drop one of the o’s and consider yourself a god.)

They invent new ways of sinning,“… Look, it’s not really sin if…

and they disobey their parents.“… What mom and dad don’t know!

They refuse to understand,“… Well I just can’t see that!

break their promises,“… I’m sorry but I had to.

are heartless,“… They aught to be ashamed of themselves!

and have no mercy.“… Throw the book at em!

They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

Can you say, double or triple ‘ouch!’?

But we have an advocate.

The Bottom Line

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

1 John 1:9-10 (HCSB)

Grace, God’s Grace!

Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!

Lamentations 3:22-23 (HCSB)

Every morning, His grace and forgiveness is made available to us. His Spirit makes us aware of sin in our lives and if we are faithful to surrender that sin to Him, He is faithful to forgive.

So yes, we all, the follower and those who have yet to give their lives to Christ; we all have sinned and we continue to do so on a daily basis. But on a daily basis as well, He can and will forgive, if we but ask in earnest and turn away from that sin.

We all have sin in our lives, ‘But then there is Grace!




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