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What is sin?

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What is sin?

Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law- resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4)

We hear it all the time. "You are a sinner." "Do not sin against God." "Sinners belong in hell." "Sin is bad." Many of us do not even know what sin is. We often associate sin as bad things that we do. That is a part of it. Murder is sin. Stealing from someone else is sin. Lying to our neighbor or friend is a sin. Yet, sin is so much greater than those things alone. Otherwise, it would be easy to play a game of compare and contrast with someone else. "My sin is better than yours." "My sin brings me pleasure." "My sin is forgivable."

In our question for this week, we see that sin is an open and willful rebellion against God. Our verse from 1 John 3:4 says that sin is lawlessness. I took the time to look up that word via Google Search (do so yourself if you need to). It stated lawlessness is "a state of disorder due to a disregard of the law."

Most of the year to this point, we have looked at God's created order and how it was all good! God is a God of order! Sin goes against his order. It chooses to disregard his law, his ways, his commands, and seek its own pleasures. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul warns Timothy that terrible times are coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine any longer. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Sinners sin. It's part of their DNA. All have sinned as Romans 3:23 says. As a result, we sin. So, ask yourself this week: what things am I doing that are in open rebellion against God's perfect order? It may be a state of pride or laziness, even gluttony. That's between you and God. If you truly come to the Lord and ask him to show your sin to you, he will do so. Your sin will shine in strike contrast to God. You will find that as you read His Word day by day.

When you realize that sin, turn from it and repent! Return to the Lord and pursue Him and His ways. They are always good and will never leave you empty or hollow. Always remember that if you have placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and his saving work on the cross, that sin has been paid for.

I will leave you with this prayer.

"Lord of the Universe, all your ways are good. We pursue the way of death when we go our own way. Help us to see sin as the poison it is. Let your law, rather than the spirit of lawlessness, shape our minds and our lives. Amen."

For more info, please read/watch this great message from John Piper on this very topic: