What about sin?

It’s Monday Grace!

Sin!

Sin is the big issue for believers and the church. Right? Wrong!

I know that some preachers and teachers make sin the focus of their ministry. I know that sin is the foremost thing on the minds of many who call themselves Christians. They create boundaries for their lives, accountability structures, and new habits to try to avoid sin. They become open to any teaching that offers to help them stop sinning. Their Christian life is all about managing sin.

But is sin the foremost thing on the mind of God? That’s a resounding NO!

No, the foremost thing on the mind of God is you! I realize some preachers don’t like that, but everything in the Bible says it is true. Jesus came for you. The warnings against sin are to protect you. The call to reconciliation is because God loves you. From beginning to end, the Bible tells the story of how God seeks to save and restore those who were lost in the fall. That’s why Jesus came.

Jesus rescued us from sin. Jesus conquered sin. Jesus has cleansed us from sin. Jesus has set us free from sin. Jesus has put away sin.

Think about that. That means God dealt with our sin in Jesus. That’s what it was all about. The incarnation, the earthly ministry, the cross, the resurrection. All about dealing with sin for us. God became man to rescue us from sin’s power.

And it worked!

Sin is not the focus of the heart of God, nor should it be the focus of the thoughts of believers. Sure, sin is bad. Sin hurts you and the people in your life. Don’t sin. But, if you do, remember the love of God that overcame the power of sin in your life.

Sin is a defeated enemy. I know it doesn’t feel like it when you are in the battle. I know the evil one wants you to believe you are just as stuck, just as bound, as you have ever been. But look to Jesus and find the freedom He came to give. And look to Him to see the forgiveness He has already given you.

It’s not about sin. It’s about the grace of God’s love for us.

And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
1 John 3:5

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7

He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Hebrews 9:26

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:2

But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
Romans 6:22

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:11

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Romans 6:5-7

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  1. Irene

    Do people learn narcissism? Or are they born with it? Both of my daughters fit the descriptions, and it causes me so much pain. Their dad is on the autism spectrum, abusive at times. My girls also saw my parents bully me– maybe they just copied everyone around them.

    • I have read extensively on this subject. It is the strong consensus that narcissism is learned and chosen. In other words, no one is born with it. At the same time, the parent of a narcissistic child doesn’t have to carry guilt and shame by thinking that parenting failure is the cause. Sometimes we note that parents who neglect their kids or who use them to make themselves look good can contribute to the choice the child makes. When the child is accepted only when they perform according to a certain image, that child might learn that the image is more important than the reality. If they are rewarded for being who they are not and punished for being who they are, some children will become who they are not (the image) to hide who they are.

      But that is still a choice. Children raised in the same home will not all become narcissists nor all avoid being narcissists. Some children learn that lying, manipulating, pretending to love, and using others gets what they want. They like the power and the affirmation they get by doing those things. They look past the pain of others and value only their own pleasure.

      It may be that your daughters found that this was the way to handle their father’s abuse. They may have watched their grandparents get what they wanted from you and learned to do that for themselves. Narcissists are pragmatists; they do what works. That isn’t your fault. It is part of the dysfunction of your family.

      There is a lot in your paragraph that should be unpacked. Have you ever talked this through with a good counselor? Could the daughters be mildly autistic, with the autism coming out as narcissism? I think that’s possible. What kind of abuse did they suffer? Abuse can have serious psychological and behavioral effects. You should talk this through with someone who understands these things. And if you don’t get good help from the first counselor, try another. More are understanding narcissism.

      But please don’t let yourself get wrapped up in blame and guilt. I have never met a perfect parent, and am certainly not one myself. We all contribute to our children’s brokenness. In our striving to protect ourselves, we sometimes hurt others. In other words, all parents fail in some ways. I don’t believe that narcissism can be blamed on loving parents who make mistakes. Neglectful or abusive parents maybe, but they rarely ask such questions. If your daughters are narcissists, they chose to be that way. At least that’s what the current scholarship says.

  2. Deanna

    It’s Monday Grace!

    Sin!

    Sin is the big issue for believers and the church. Right? Wrong!

    I know that some preachers and teachers make sin the focus of their ministry. I know that sin is the foremost thing on the minds of many who call themselves Christians. They create boundaries for their lives, accountability structures, and new habits to try to avoid sin. They become open to any teaching that offers to help them stop sinning. Their Christian life is all about managing sin.NO.. IT IS ABOUT STOPPING THE OLD PATTERNS OF SIN AND WALKING IN NEWNESS OF LIFE BEING LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

    But is sin the foremost thing on the mind of God? That’s a resounding NO!

    No, the foremost thing on the mind of God is you! I realize some preachers don’t like that, but everything in the Bible says it is true. Jesus came for you. The warnings against sin are to protect you. The call to reconciliation AND REPENTANCE is because God loves you. From beginning to end, the Bible tells the story of how God seeks to save and restore those who were lost in the fall. That’s why Jesus came.

    Jesus rescued us from sin. Jesus conquered sin. Jesus has cleansed us from sin. Jesus has set us free from sin. Jesus has put away sin.

    Think about that. That means God dealt with our sin in Jesus. That’s what it was all about. The incarnation, the earthly ministry, the cross, the resurrection. All about dealing with sin for us. God became man to rescue us from sin’s power.IF WE CALL ON THE LORD HE WILL RESCUE US AND WE WILL WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE THAT HE DIED TO GIVE US

    And it worked!

    Sin is not the focus of the heart of God, nor should it be the focus of the thoughts of believers. Sure, sin is bad. Sin hurts you and the people in your life. Don’t sin. But, if you do, remember the love of God that overcame the power of sin in your life.SIN SEPARATES US FROM GOD..SO WE MUST REPENT AND TURN BACK TO THE LORD

    Sin is a defeated enemy(.NO IT IS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR AND IT’S DESIRE IS OVER YOU.) I know it doesn’t feel like it when you are in the battle. I know the evil one wants you to believe you are just as stuck, just as bound, as you have ever been. But look to Jesus and find the freedom He came to give. And look to Him to see the forgiveness He has already given you.PRAY TO HIM AND REPENT AND DO NOT DO THOSE FORMER THINGS

    It’s not about sin. It’s about the grace of God’s love for us.

    And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
    1 John 3:5

    But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
    1 John 1:7

    He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; WE SUFFER GOING BACK TO OLD WAYS WHEN WE CONTINUE IN SIN but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
    Hebrews 9:26

    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
    Romans 8:2

    But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
    Romans 6:22

    Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. iF YOU WALK IN OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD
    Romans 6:11

    5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. iF WE GO ON WILLFULLY SINNING THERE REMAINS NO SACRIFICE FOR SIN. IT MUST BE MORE THAN WORDS IT MUST BE A CHANGED OBEDIENT LIFE 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
    Romans 6:5-7

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    • When I first saw this comment I thought it was just repetition of what I wrote. then I realized you were “fixing” what I wrote. Although I understand where you are coming from, I disagree. Sin no longer separates us from God. Sin has been overcome in us and for us. Nothing will separate me from the love of God in Jesus. So my focus should not be on managing my sin, but on Jesus: walking with Him, talking with Him, knowing Him. That will be the source of my joy and victory.

      I guess I shouldn’t feel bad about your fixes to my post. After all, you even fixed the Scripture passages. And that reveals something, doesn’t it?

      • 2birdman2

        Thanks Pastor Dave for clarifying! I lived in that world that deanna proclaims for most of my life… and realize that it no longer presents the freedom in Christ but it still represents the burden of being under the law… Praise God I am no longer under that belief! what a beautiful Freedom we have in Christ, not about Sin, but about a relationship and the freedom to live our lives according to His will:)

  3. Batya Ahul

    Urgent prayer request😩, sorry I feel so guilty for posting these – it just doesn’t feel like there’s anywhere else safe to do it.

    Horrible situation at work -it’s always work- I was treated badly by a colleague on Saturday in front of patients and staff, as I had to file an incident form after the patient I took over had no patient ID wristbands- this is significant as it’s ITU & you need to identify the patient to give medication etc (this was at a different hospital where we’re sent sometimes if they’re short staffed this is a notoriously difficult place to work and I’ve had many problems here before ).
    I’ve tried to complain about the above situation but I’ve essentially been victimised by other staff complaining about some petty things I said on my coffee break in the coffee room ( in retrospect I shouldn’t of said these things but I was cross and it was my own time).

    I’m trying to get hold of a member of my union 😩. I’ve essentially been made to look bad for doing my job properly.

    God is good all the time, I cling to this.

  4. Batya Ahul

    Thank you😎This means so much

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