What is Your View of Sin?
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.1 John 1:5
The above verse tells us that God is morally perfect and in him there is no sin. God hates sin because he is the opposite of sin. God loves us and hates sin because it causes his creation to be spiritually blind and held in bondage, separating us from him. Sin is everything Satan is, and sin is everything God is not. The more we hate sin the more power we have from the Lord top overcome sin.
The driving force for a Christian is the progressing desire to have a closer relationship with the Lord. Sin is devastating to us because it stops, or slows us, from getting closer to the Lord. The more love we have in our hearts the closer we are to the Lord and the more we overcome sin. Sin is the opposite of love because sin moves us inward away from the Lord, while love moves us outward toward the Lord. Satan’s goal is to move us into ourselves in small incremental steps, making us our own gods. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. (Proverbs 8:13) How do we learn to hate sin?
We learn to naturally hate sin when we focus our Christian lives on seeking to be closer to the Lord and having our minds and hearts filled with his love. The more this becomes our goal, the more we fight anything that tends to stop us or slow us down, or is displeasing to the Lord. It is sin that pulls us away from God, and that motivates us to fight Satan and his demons through God’s power. The more we fight sin the more we learn to hate sin, because sin makes us a slave to Satan. The more of God’s love we have in our hearts, the more we want to please the Lord and the more we overcome temptation.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) God has graciously limited the power of Satan in our lives so we are never tempted beyond what God knows we can endure and overcome through his power. This is a promise from God that if we fight temptation we will be able to overcome through the power of Christ in us. Knowing that Satan is using sin to separate us from God is a powerful reason to say no to sinful temptations.
Today, don’t let Satan do anything that separates you from the Lord. Do everything to bring yourself closer to the Lord. The more you strive to be closer to the Lord, the closer he will come to you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:8) Know that you can be as close to the Lord as you desire.
Let’s Pray: Lord, keep me from temptation and help me to overcome anything in my life that is not pleasing to you. Don’t let me yield to anything that in any way pulls me away from you. Fill my heart with the overwhelming drive to be close to you, to know you and your divine ways. The greatest thing in this short life is to be close to you and to understand your divine ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.