Here are some passages and thoughts that I hope will be thought provoking and cause you to examine your view of and relationship to sin.
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
(James 4:17 ESV)
I started dwelling on this verse and began defending some of my actions and realized I was sinning in the course of defending my sin. Be careful yourself with this verse, do not begin defending certain actions that you have done that you knew were wrong but had some semblance of rightness in them. This verse is not complex and it readily reveals the depth of our sinfulness. The next verse will help reveal this as well.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
(1 John 1:8-10 ESV)
If a murderer or thief simply confessed their crime would a judge be a faithful and just judge to let them go free? No way!
Here is an important truth about sin, if you put your faith in Christ God executes His justice against your sin on Jesus and you go free. Jesus takes your punishment. God can forgive you and cleanse you and yet still remain faithful and just because His judgement has been executed and satisfied in what Christ did on the cross.
Application, (1) put your faith in Christ and what He did on the cross (2) be continually acknowledging and confessing your sin to God and seeking forgiveness and cleansing from Him which is available through Jesus.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
(2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)
Jesus did not sin. Ever. He was perfect. He knew no sin. He was not familiar with it. He was not intimately acquainted with it. Yet, He was made to be sin so that He could endure the wrath of God for us. To be sure, Jesus did not become a sinner. Instead, as the verse states, Jesus became sin, the object of God’s eternal wrath for your sake. For you. So that you could be right with God.
Are you trusting in what Jesus did on the cross to save you from your sin and its consequences?
Are you confessing and acknowledging your sin to God or are you hiding it and clinging to it secretly?
Are you living in light of the fact that Jesus became sin so that you could be the righteousness of God?