Sin makes us want to run away and hide. Sin reminds us how weak we are and how prone we are to doing wrong stuff. Sin reveals the ugly worm that lies dormant within us until we see or want something that we know we should not have.
It is a ‘priceless feeling’ to know that in our weakest and most careless moments of our lives, we have a Saviour….Someone who has already gone ahead of our mistakes and paid upfront – the price for our wrongs . It’s like the ‘pay up front’ acts of kindness that we attempt to do when we go through a ‘drive through line’ or the grocery line.
The real McCoy in the ‘pay up front’ act of kindness is Jesus. No human can forgive the wrongs we have not even committed as yet that will allow us so to walk free from the guilt and shame. But, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ thought of this great master plan even before we were created.
If someone murders someone … it’s the law of the country to convict and punish the murderer, not the family of the victim. In the same way moral laws begins and ends with God. When Joseph was faced with submitting to lie in bed with Potiphar’s wife, his response to her was “How can I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” When David committed adultery, his response was “Against You and You only have I sinned.”
Because we are created in the image and likeness of God, sin always makes us want to run and hide. When sin is revealed, it makes the doer live in denial because of the shame.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” None of us is perfect or will ever be perfect, but we are forgiven daily as often as we need to – when we go before God. Sin is anything that falls short of God’s original plan for our lives. Sin separates us from God. So, whether the sin harms us or someone else, every sin is ultimately against a holy God.
We sin in our thoughts, our words and our deeds. As perfect as we may feel we are or someone else is, the bad news is “we all fall short.” The good news is “We have a Saviour who went ahead and paid for our sins upfront.”
I’m grateful for Jesus incredible love for us that we do not have to live daily in our guilt or shame. If it wasn’t for the Cross, I don’t know where I would have been. I’m thankful for the many times a day that I’m aware of my wrongs and I can simply and quietly whisper a prayer and get it right with God.
It’s a fabulous idea to settle our sin account with our loving Saviour every hour and every day. There’s perfect peace when that account is settled.