Recently, my heart has been disturbed by unrepentance. In today’s society, most want to emphasize the grace and love of God. And while He certainly is a God of mercy, it seems that coming before God with a broken heart over our sin has become much less popular.
In our sin, Jesus loved us enough to go to the cross so that we WOULD and could find a place of forgiveness— because we all need it. Not one of us is righteous. But Jesus took sin seriously enough to go to the cross and give up His very life. His Word is extremely clear about those who reject Him and the forgiveness He offers. In I Corinthians, we receive a strong warning: “Do not be deceived.”
I don’t know about you, but deception seems to be around me everywhere I go. Sin is no longer labeled sin but a “feel good, don’t hurt anyone’s feelings” kind of vibe. But God has something very different to say because He knows if we buy into the lie of the enemy and believe we’re “doing ok” without Jesus, we won’t be “doing ok” in the end.
Remember, our enemy hates truth. And God hates sin—not us, but sin. He has nothing to do with it and took it so seriously, He gave up His only Son because He knew we would blow it.
It’s not just the “big” sins. It’s all sin that breaks the heart of God. Our lack of compassion for someone who’s hurting, a harsh word when kindness was needed, an apathetic attitude when we should serve those who inconvenience us. It all counts and if it goes against the truth and commands of God’s Word, we have to call it for what it is.
Want to go deeper in your walk? Don’t be deceived. When we get on our faces and humble ourselves for every sin, big and small, not only are we forgiven, God will move in and grow His fruit in our life.
Join me and all the other sinners today. Let’s call what we do what it is—SIN. That takes GUTS. But that is also where we find GRACE.
1 Cor 5:9-10 – “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? DO NOT BE DECEIVED. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revivers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God.”
2 Peter 3:9-“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”