God is not against us because of our sin.  He is with us against our sin.

  – Author Unknown

Sin Defined:  Sin translated from the original Greek literally means “to miss the mark,” commonly referring to transgressing against, disobeying or wandering from God.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  (Romans 3:23) (NIV)

Sin can take many forms, from lustful thoughts to angry words to selfish actions, and not one of us is immune to sin.  Maybe “missing the mark” doesn’t seem like such a bad thing, but biblically speaking, sin separates us from God. 

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden (His) face from you so that He does not hear.  (Isaiah 59:2) (NAS)

The Bible tells us that there is a dire penalty for sin – death.  Death means eternal separation from God – not just on this earth, but in the life after our physical bodies die.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.(Romans 6:23) (NAS)

As humans, always imperfect, we will forever “miss the mark.”  Thankfully, through Christ, we have been provided a way to have our sins wiped away completely.  God loves us so much that He sent His son to die so that we do not have to face separation from Him for eternity.

But we must acknowledge our sinful natures. 

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (2 Chronicles 7:14) (NIV)

All God asks, in exchange for salvation and eternal life with Him, is that we ask Him for forgiveness, turn away from sin, and turn toward Him.

Sin is a serious problem with a serious penalty.  Not believing that sin against God and man must ultimately be paid for is gambling with your soul.  But God has provided a way out!



Originally published May 24, 2007.

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