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Day 76: Sin of the Heart

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 7, 2014

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Few “religious” words raise the hairs on the ones head quite like the word “sin”.

The basic definition of sin is to “miss the mark”, that is, to fall short of the standard God has set.

Paul, in his definitive work known as the letter to the Romans, explains that we have all sinned, or missed God’s mark, and fall short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23). Sin started with one man, Adam, failing to live up to one rule and it has been with us ever since. We can’t even live up to our own standards. In a few days, many of us will profess to go to the gym or eat healthy, but will begin failing after a few weeks or even days. We have an inherit condition that makes sin – natural.

And sin is not just an act, it is a heart condition. It is not even possible to always tell when someone is sinning because it starts before it ever appears on the surface.

Take the 10th commandment, “Do not covet”. This command can only be seen by God and you. Nobody will ever know you are wanting what they have. Nobody is being hurt. Nobody is impacted, and yet, this is the final command in God’s short list.

But why?

Sin manifests because we are selfish and want what we want. Coveting is the avenue for most manifested sin. People steal because they want what someone else has, they kill because they want to take away what someone has, they lie so nobody can take what they have, and they cheat to get glory that belongs to someone else.

The standard is God, not other people We cannot compare ourselves to someone else and say, “I’m not as bad of a sinner as that person” and think that we are alright. Anything short of perfect is not good enough.

There is only one solution to sin, and He was born 2,000 years ago with the mission to pay the price for each and every person’s sin. For Paul goes on to tell us that the price for our sin is death, (Romans 6:23) that is, total separation from God – forever. But the gift of God is in Jesus Christ who paid the price through a cruel death at the hands of God so that in Him, we can all have forgiveness of sin, life everlasting and become free from the power of sin.


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