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The Grace to Move On

Updated on April 7, 2011

The world finds the idea of sin to be silly since, after all, we are all but mere humans with desires and tendencies that should be met.  Some go so far as to boast about or laugh about their sinful human behaviors.  They have no clue as to the serious consequences of their sins.  (Pr. 14:9)
And then there are those that are saved and understand the implications of a sinful life, yet they too, make light of their sins.  They find themselves caught up in the fleshful satisfactions of lust or coveting or simply involved with the latest gabfest concerning ‘sister Mary’ or ‘brother Joe’ .  Or find themselves unable to resist a temptation,  therefore presenting a good argument to counter the conviction of the Holy spirit and then later thinking, ‘well at least I did not murder someone’.  They know better, but they just cannot see themselves as having committed a great sin.  Just a little one.  (Luke 17:3-4)
And then there are those that take sin very seriously, yet do not understand that grace does indeed abound much more than sin.  They are called ‘legalist’ and they address sin by imposing punishment, shame, guilt and impossible demands on themselves or the one who sinned.  (Luke 5:21) God hates sin, but not because he hates people who sin, rather he hates what sin does to people.
So, which is it?  Is sin serious business or not?  Do we allow ourselves the luxury of thinking, ‘it isn’t that bad’ or should we find ourselves bogged down with shame, guilt and condemnation?
The Bible does not treat sin lightly.  But the Bible does go to great lengths to explain to us that ‘grace’ and ‘mercy’ are the accolades of  knowing God as Father and Jesus Christ as Savior and the Holy Spirit as our comforter.  (Rom. 5:20)
First, let us establish that with God, sin is sin. (James 2:10) Murder is not a heavier sin than lying.  Adultery is not a more revolting sin than fornication.  Coveting covers a myriad of sins, if left unchecked.  Coveting can lead to lying, murder, adultery, fornication, stealing, etc.  We are trained by this world to think and believe that there are degrees with sin and that there are sins that have greater or lesser penalties, depending upon the crime.  But in the end it is God who judges and He will judge sin as sin.  And if there is no separation of the sinner and the sin when the time comes, the sinner will suffer for the sin when the sin is dealt with by God.  Unless there is first, a separation of the sin from the sinner.  Then God will judge the sin, and not the one who sinned because Jesus has separated them from their sin, and the sin and the sinner are no longer one and the same.
Sin is serious business to God. (Rom. 6:23) And even when we do come to terms with the fact that we are sinners and need a Savior, we are not to take sin lightly.  So how do we see sin?  Just as God sees it.  It must be dealt with immediately and with conscious abandonment.  It must be confessed to God and repented of.  (Rom. 14:11-12 & Ps. 103:12)  Why?  Because sin can desensitize our minds, confuse and darken our hearts, and sin will only lead to more sin if left unchecked or not dealt with.  But, we are not to find ourselves mantled with guilt, shame or condemnation nor are we to think our sin to be but a mere mistake.  We are to confess the sin and then believe that God has forgiven us the sin.  God once gave me a vision of a professional skater.  The skater is judged according to their performance.  The judges are looking for flawlessness and fluidity during the skater’s performance.  When a skater falls, they are to get up and continue on vying for high scores and an expected finish and the fall will not damage their next performance scores.  There will be a moment of embarrassment, disappointment and grief but the show must go on.  So it is with the Christian ..  Repent and ask God to forgive and then move on and know that He has forgiven.  Acknowledge the sin .. Repent of the sin .. Move past the sin.

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    • Debradoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Debradoo 

      7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thank you Pastor Carlotta! You are an inspiration to all who know your work! Keep on blogging sister!!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thank you for the TRUTH! Voted-Up!! Have missed you!!!! God Bless...

    • Debradoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Debradoo 

      7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thank you Tamarajo. We belittle or minimize the true power of both grace and mercy working in our lives when we make light of our sins. And we completely diminish the power of grace and mercy working in our lives when we allow our sins to weigh us down with guilt, shame and/or condemnation. The most beautiful thing about the Word of God is that it is pure .. Especially when we take God at His Word, rather than mix our feelings into the equation.

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      Tamarajo 

      7 years ago

      I was just lamenting today about how my past sins have so profoundly affected so many people. One of the lies I believed at the time was that I was only hurting myself and the other lie I believed at the time was that it wasn't that bad. 20 years later the ripples of consequence declare how truly bad it was for everyone.

      at one point during my season of repentance I was telling the Lord how sorry I was for hurting the people I did the way that I did. He informed me that the person I hurt the most was Him. I live in His love and forgiveness at present but I had to really come to terms with the seriousness of my sin as your hub well states. When we make light of sin everyone gets hurt. I liked your example of how gossip may seem like a small thing to someone but really it can be as serious as murdering someones character or reputation.

      I think your hub is right on target and needs to be understood. Sin comes with the very same bait as it did in the garden "did God really say" "is it really that bad" "what's the big deal". and still comes with a price tag we simply cannot afford.

      my favorite quote from your article was this.

      "‘grace’ and ‘mercy’ are the accolades of knowing God as Father and Jesus Christ as Savior and the Holy Spirit as our comforter"

    • Debradoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Debradoo 

      7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thanks Lifegate. I thought the skater to be a wonderful analogy as well. It helped me put it all into a better perspective and balance.

    • Debradoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Debradoo 

      7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thanks for stopping by kashmir!

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Debradoo,

      Very well put--and an excellent analogy of the skater and Christian. Thanks for putting it all down.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Debradoo, WOW thank you for this awesome message and hub !

    • Debradoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Debradoo 

      7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thanks for the positive feedback, Vlad. Love ya bro!

    • Vladimir Uhri profile image

      Vladimir Uhri 

      7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      very good thanks.

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