Monday, February 02, 2015

Heart and Sin

{NOTE: Theorizing alert.} I sometimes think that people are more upset by sin in God’s children than God is. Don’t misunderstand. I don’t think God takes sin lightly. But in light of Jesus’ death, he takes it seriously for different reasons.

Before we gave our allegiance to Jesus, we gave our hearts to sin. Sin was our life. When we gave our allegiance to Jesus, we gave our hearts to him. He was our life.

Before Jesus, we were God’s enemies, because we broke God’s law with rebellious hearts. After Jesus, we were God’s children. We broke God’s law, but not with rebellious hearts. We had chosen to submit our hearts to him.

Continued sin has many reasons. Some are expressing habits learned through a lifetime. Some are using old ways to fill heart-holes. So, after Jesus, God’s primary concern with sin is behavior that goes contrary to our design. Yes, sin breaks God’s law. But Jesus died to overcome the penalty of sin. Now God can focus on “healthy living.” God tells us not to sin, not because he will condemn us, but because it interferes with our relationship with him, our growth and our ability to demonstrate his nature to the world.

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