All About Self
Theme of the Week: What's the Big Deal About Sin?
Monday, June 16, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. (Isaiah 53:6)
Dig Deeper: Isaiah 53:1-6
Sin is the transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4). The Bible says that whoever breaks one law is guilty of breaking all of them (James 2:10). Sin is an intrusion into a forbidden area—an overstepping of the divine boundary between good and evil. The Bible classifies us all as sinners and says that all are under sin (Gal. 3:22).
Iniquity is another word for sin. Iniquity refers to our corrupt nature, from the inside out. Jesus said, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander" (Matt. 15:19, NIV).
Sin is also described as a trespass—unlawfully going where we shouldn't. Sin is feeding selfishness instead of submitting to divine authority.
Instead of making God the center of our lives, we make self the center of our lives. Our supreme motive and supreme rule is putting self in God's place. This is what happened with Satan. This is what happened with Adam and Eve and everyone who has lived since. We trespass against God when we depend on self-sufficiency instead of practicing faith in God, self-will instead of submission to God, and self-seeking instead of serving God.
—Billy Graham in The Reason for My Hope: Salvation
My Response: How do I see the effects of sin in culture and even in my own community? How has sin impacted my own life?
Adapted from The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, thank you for the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ. Help me to have a healthy and realistic understanding of my sin, knowing that I needed your grace and mercy for my salvation, and I also need your grace and mercy each day of my Christian walk.
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