Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Sin isn’t a popular subject. In fact, you seldom, if ever, hear the word anymore. If you mention it to someone, you usually get the standard, “Who are you to judge me” response. When Jesus walked the earth, He said we should take drastic measures to get rid of the sin in our lives. Listen to His teaching, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell" [Matthew 5:29]. Whoa!
Maybe we don’t deal with sin because we don’t call it what it is. For some, sin is merely a mistake or human weakness. Others think of it as a spiritual boo-boo. The first step in ridding ourselves of sin is to recognize it for what it is, an outrage or offense to God. Don’t soften it, or you won’t deal with it in the right way.
When King David’s sin with Bathsheba was revealed, he didn’t respond with, “I made a mistake,” or “Come on, I’m only human.” Instead, he cried out to God, “I’ve sinned and done evil in your sight” [Psalm 51:4].
When Jesus taught us to take sin seriously and pluck out our eye if necessary, He wasn’t speaking literally. He used an expression that was common in His culture. The “right eye” was thought to be the strong eye, or best eye. His point was, do whatever it takes to be free from sin!
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9