But what about sin? Sin is the result of wandering off to do our own thing. Throughout Scripture we are warned about walking in the flesh or walking contrary to the Lord. Instead, we are called to walk in the Spirit and, as we do so, we will walk according to the ways of the Lord. There are times when we either become distracted from or choose to ignore the Lord’s presence. In our focus we wander away and make decisions apart from His guidance.
Let me risk an example. Suppose you are driving and someone cuts in front of you dangerously. If you respond in the flesh, you could become angry and say or do things you may regret. But there is another way to respond in the flesh. You could force yourself to forgive the person because you made a commitment that any time you get angry you will quickly forgive and place the offender in God’s hands. The problem with this is that you have only covered your anger with a disguise. Now, instead of you seeking a way of retribution, you trust that the Lord will get the bad person somehow.
But let’s suppose that you have just been aware of the presence and protection of the Lord and how trustworthy He is. Surprisingly easily you see the bad driver with compassion, aware that the desire for hurry happens in all of us, and you simply thank the Lord for protection. I would guess that many of us have had this happen. Sometimes we even notice it and are surprised at our reaction to the situation. We realize that we wouldn’t always respond in that way. This is the kind of thing that comes as we walk in the presence of the Lord.