“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
The bible study I did today was on sin. My focus was in Ezra Chapter 9 and 10. I feel that is what God wants me to share with you today. Seventy years after the Israelites had been taken captive to Babylon, Ezra—a priest and scribe—returned to Jerusalem with a group of exiles. The leaders told Ezra that the people had intermarried with neighboring nations, peoples with whom God had strictly forbidden marriage because of their detestable practices. Overcome with horror, Ezra pulled out his hair and tore his clothes. -Ezra 9:3-4
His extreme reaction makes leads me to ask myself, “Am I appalled at sin?” Sure, I know some things are wrong. Yes, I believe in the moral code outlined in the bible but do I hate sin.?.. both in myself and in others? Am I dismayed at evil behavior? Shocked? Do I cry out for forgiveness? Sin is not only something that non-Christians needed to worry about, we should all be concerned about sin. Sin is much more than just rebellion against God. Sin permeates every aspect of our culture and is part of us just as much as our personality. Sin makes what Jesus did on the cross so much more powerful. God stepped down into the depths of our sin and brokenness and loved us despite it all!
I’m just as guilty as anyone else in this world; my sins put Jesus on the cross and yours did too! No one was born free of sin’s curse. Don’t minimize sin, you will let your guard down and fail to see your need for a savior.
Ezra prayed, “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens…. What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins have deserved and have given us a remnant like this.” -Ezra 9:6, 13
Examine the sin in your life, search for the root causes, and repent. We have to avoid becoming calloused to sin. Sin should disturb you and bring you to remorse. Take sin seriously and deal with it thoroughly. So let’s look deeply at our sin and follow through with repentance. Only then will we truly be able to understand grace and forgiveness and see how wonderful it is that Christ would choose to love us sinners.
Don’t pervert forgiveness by continuing to sin.
Father God, Please help me be aware of the sin that lurks in the shadows of my life. Thank you for Your word, which says, “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” May I be truly appalled at my sin, bringing it all before You with a repentant heart, trusting in You to forgive. In the Holy name of Jesus I pray, Amen.