This is what the LORD says: “The people of Judah have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished!
– Amos 2: 4a NLT
It seems like many churches shy away from talking about sin… It is a hush hush topic in the christian realm. We just like to talk about the love Jesus has for us. The mercy God gives us. The grace we exhibit with every single breath we take.
But then comes this 3 letter word, SIN… Sin is something we don’t like to talk about, even though it is something that is so heavy on God’s heart. The condition of man was placed on the shoulders of our Savior and Lord. Our sinful and dark hearts were the reason for the cross.
So sin is something we have to talk about, especially when it makes us uncomfortable.
God does not tolerate sin. Our sin is a constant reminder to God of how much we believe our ways are better. Our sin as a constant reminder of the distance God had to put between himself and us. Because of our sin, we can not be close to God. But because of Jesus’ sacrifice, our bodies became new so that we can be drawn near to God.
In Genesis 3, both man and woman became manipulated into entering sin. And as a result they became separated from the closeness they had with their Creator. This was the precedent that God set in his interaction with sin. That is why in this moment God did not tolerate sin nor did he allow for man and woman to not receive punishment.
Romans 6, verse 23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Sin leads to our destruction and it leads to our spiritual and physical death. A holy God cannot be around unholiness. His mere presence is enough to kill us.
Let’s take a look at Moses (Exodus 33:18-23). In his alone time with God, Moses asked to see God’s glorious presence. God agreed but warned Moses not to look directly at his face otherwise he would die. It’s not like if Moses did look at God and died, then God couldn’t revive him. But God told Moses not to look at him as a test. To test whether Moses’ spiritual strength could overcome the physical desire to see God.
Here God tells us straight forward that we would die due to our sinful nature if we ever physically saw his face. No matter what our sin is, it is deserving of death. When we take the time to think about it we realize that the punishment of sin is a hard pill to swallow.
Our actions will always have a reaction Our sin will always have a punishment attached. It may not be an immediate punishment, but there is one. It’s time for us to take our sin serious and not default to the idea that Jesus covers our sins. Yes, Jesus does remove our sin from us. But that doesn’t mean that we can go back to sin without understanding its severity. That sin that we think so little of has the ability to destroy lives.
Identify a habit of sin you may have. What are 5 ways that sin has the potential to harm you and others? Think of the spiritual, physical, and mental effects of sin?