1 John 1:8-9
“8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Isaiah 12:1 – 2
“1 In that day you will say: ‘I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.
‘2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.'”
I can’t believe I ate the whole thing! https://youtu.be/VFKifpMtlNs Where’s my Alka-Seltzer, where’s my relief? Sin’s like that, isn’t it? Gluttony is painful, but it feels sooooo good until it’s time to pay. I have a real hard time saying no. Steak (any beef product really – well, not tongue or tripe, or such), chocolate, gelato, asparagus, I just can’t get enough. And it shows in my neck and belly. I pay the price, and yet I continue. Is it worth it? Not really. I can do without eating all the trimmings on the steak, 8 oz. instead of 16 oz. I can do with ½ the chocolate or gelato (which is still two servings). In the face of starvation in ¼ of the world’s population, my choices are pretty disgusting. And those choices just have to do with the physical manifestations of who I am and how I’m wired. My thoughts aren’t any better.
What is sin? Sin is doing wrong. This is not a definitive, thoroughly vetted, flowery, philosophical construct, but a simple definition. So what’s right and what’s wrong? Right and wrong as defined by the shifting sands of the world, or the immovable rock of God?
If you’ve been reading these posts, my bias should be obvious by now. Quite simply, we humans are incapable of doing the right thing and need an anchor in this storm we call life. We sin with great regularity and incredible attempts at justification. None of us are innocent of the crime. That’s how we are.
For those who couldn’t give a turd if something is sinful or not, God is pretty blunt, often really harsh, in His actions, in His responses. For God, sin is a big thing. It should be for us as well.
Fortunately, we have a loving, living God who has always forgiven those who recognize sin for what it is, and are more interested in eradicating it from their life than having it be their life. The simple recognition that something is wrong, and an intense desire to go counter to how we are wired, to not think/do what’s wrong, brings God’s love and forgiveness. It always has.
True relief doesn’t come from thousands of tiny bubbles, it comes from choosing right in the beginning, and owning our screw ups when we don’t. It isn’t effervescence in a glass, but forgiveness in the soul. It isn’t man made, it’s given to us by God. Most importantly, it isn’t temporary, it’s forever.