What is the magnitude of our sin? Many of us have never asked this question. It has been my experience as a counselor that many of us do not think of our short comings as sin. Sin is often thought of as mistakes or traps that we don’t mean to do and aren’t that big of a deal. We soften the blow by comparing our sin to those around us and finding someone else who is “worse.” All the more perpetuating the lie that we are the victim that cannot help our mistakes and God will understand. Please know that my heart is not to condemn but to bring freedom in your life when I tell you God does not understand my sin or your sin and you and I are not victims we are perpetrators.
Our passage today demonstrates the heart of God toward sin. He hates sin so much that He destroyed the entire earth in order to get rid of sin. God does not overlook our sin he deals with it. Until you and I look at our sin with sober eyes and take responsibility we will never experience grace. God dealt with sin through the flood and the people paid for it with their own blood but God also demonstrated grace and mercy through a righteous man Noah. God spared his family and restarted the human race through him because of one characteristic of Noah: he walked with God. Noah was guilty of sin too but he was spared because he knew God.
This account is a picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you want to be free from sin then you repent with Godly sorrow (you are sorrowful because you sinned against God) and turn away from your sin and your pride. Then you turn and put on the righteousness of Christ through confessing and believing that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9-10). This means that you treasure him above all else (Matthew 13:44) and you ask him to be your lord and savior (Romans 10:13). God dealt with our sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and it is only through a relationship with him that you will experience the grace and freedom that comes with knowing God (Galatians 5:1).
How do you view sin?
Do you know the freedom that comes with knowing Christ or do you still feel like a slave?
By: Chad Wiles