Sin clouds our thinking. Sin tempts us to overestimate our abilities; then sin ensnares us in its deceitful and deadly web of death. Sin wounds others. And as the bible reminds us, not all sin is the same! Some folks have suggested that one sin is not greater than another because all sin separates us from God. While the latter part of that statement is true, the first isn't.
In John 19, there is the account of Jesus' trial before Pilate. Jesus' own people, the same people who knew the character and the promises of God, distorted their legal process, called down curses on themselves and their children, and honored a godless emperor as their king as they asked for God's Son to be killed.
While Pilate's weakness and pandering to the crowd is definitely sin, Jesus emphasizes that the sin of the religious leaders was the greater sin. Sin matters to God, all sin and every sin matters to God! However, some sin involves us engaging and influencing others to sin. Some sin, especially that of parents, Bible teachers, and leaders – gets replicated and passed on as a sin problem to coming generations.
Some sin involves our own bodies, the very temple of God through his Holy Spirit. So let's not be glib about sin. Instead, let's focus on doing what is right, saying what is true, and keeping our commitments to the God of all grace. And when we do sin, let's acknowledge it before God and receive his gracious gift of forgiveness and cleansing.
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About the Author: Pastor Daniel Sweet is the President and founder of God's Word First. He is an ordained minister, biblical scholar, teacher of the holy spirit and an expert author on the subject of Leadership. He and his wife, Debbra Sweet have overseen the growth and development of multiple in home fellowships and have been instrumental in helping many people come to the knowledge and truth of God’s Word.