Lately I’ve spoken at length of sin. But let’s discuss briefly what sin does and doesn’t do to us:
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? – Romans 8:35
The good news is that the answer is NO! Sin only separates us from God when we allow it too. How does it work then? We know that God and sin cannot be present together, for God is Holy. However, we do sin, and as many youth testified last night, many of us sin every day. Does this mean that God isn’t with us EVERY DAY????
Well, that comes back to choice: our choice. If we decide to sin everyday, then I believe that God has to be absent from us. However, if we “inadvertantly” sin, but quickly confess it, repent (turn away) and try to follow God again, then God won’t be far away from us. He’s kind of just waiting around the corner, asking to be in your life.
The problem with sin is not so much that we do it, but that we do it regularly. Jesus showed us that living a sinless life IS possible – He did it! He was the example of how to live. He didn’t judge others, He didn’t condemn people, He didn’t hate anyone, He didn’t do what He wanted to do as a human being . . . No!
He did love everyone, He did lift everyone up, He did what God wanted Him to do.
That’s HARD! Well, not really…. What we need to do is have a change of focus.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
We must have a re-adjustment in our attitude and a whole new outlook in life! Take time today to pray to God, not just for forgiveness of your sins, but for a whole new focus on life. Many times when we are sinning and want to come back to God, we merely confess our sins, turn away, but then slowly revert back to our old ways of sinning (I know – because I’m just as guilty as anyone else). However, if we change our outlook, if we change our true desires in life – it may serve to take our focus off of “not sinning” to focus on “doing God’s Will.”
It’s been proven that if you try not to do something, that your mind stays focused on it, and the human body desires that which it is told it can’t have. So let’s try instead to forget the sin, (after all – God’s already forgiven you once you ask), and instead focus on doing right, focus on what God wants you to do. The old saying “WWJD?” – try it out – What Would Jesus Do?