In today’s message I want us to look at the way we think about sin, and how we rank sin, from little sins that everybody accepts as ok and it is no big deal, to the really bad sins. I want you to ask yourself what are the really bad sins that people can commit, and how does that compare to the way that God thinks about our sin.
You see, we set a standard of the sins that we think are really bad, and those that are not so bad. We would say that pride is a sin that is not good, but murder is much worse. We would say that gossiping is just what people do, but a person who steals is much worse. Yet, that is not what the Bible tells us about how God thinks of these things. In fact, we have been studying over the last couple of weeks that pride makes the top of the list of things that God hates, and gossiping can be described as someone that "speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren," which is also in the list of seven sins that God hates.
16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Now, I believe that the Bible says that God hates all sins, and we are required to repent of any sin, and there are no sins that we can just ignore. But, the Bible does tell us how God feels about different sins. For example, we know that God hates pride, and He hates it because pride is the sin that leads to all of the other sins. It is the sin that started it all with the fall of Satan and the fall of the human race. Pride is the root sin of all the others because it starts by saying God, I don’t need you. When you think you can say that God doesn’t matter, then all of the other sins are not really sins anymore because you get to decide what is right and what is wrong. That is the problem with pride, it is a deceitful sin. Anyone who thinks they can ignore God has a judgment day, and a place in hell, waiting for them. Because God will not be ignored.
I believe that what we have in these verses is a look into the mind of God and how He looks at sin. I believe God hates all sin, and that we need to look into our own hearts to determine if we agree with God. Are there some sins that we think are ok, some that we like and want to hang onto in our lives? Are there others that we believe are far worse when we look at the sin in other people’s lives? The truth is that sin is sin, and God hates all sin. Until we come to the place where we agree with God about all the sin in our lives, we will never live a victorious Christian life, and we will never be filled with the Holy Spirit.
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