Literally speaking, to sin means “to miss the mark.” It may also be described as failing to be and do what God commands and doing what God forbids (1 John 3:4). Sin is not an action against an impersonal set of rules. Rather, it is a rebellion against God’s personal desires and requirements.
This is true even when our thoughts, words, or actions are not consciously directed against God himself. Even seemingly small wrongs against other people are serious in God’s eyes, because every wrong is a violation of his will.
Food for Thought
When you reflect on sin in your life, do you consistently characterize it by something you do? Or have you also considered something you haven’t done?
For most of us, our daily (perhaps hourly) confessions frequently revolve around us telling God how sorry we are for something we have done–a “sin of commission.” This type of confession is indeed necessary, but can quickly become mere repetition–we know we’ve done something to offend God and so we confess it, almost flippantly, to restore right relationship. This indicates a level of immaturity in our walk with Christ.
However, there should come a time in our spiritual walk when we become aware of the things we should be doing but aren’t–the “sins of omission.” They are no less serious in their nature. Many of these are in the form of missed opportunities.
Did you ever have a chance to tell somebody about a great thing God has done in your life but you said nothing? What about failing to apologize or to reach out in forgiveness related to an offense God brought to memory? While these may not seem like “confessionable” sins, if God was truly prompting you and you ignored that prompt, then they are characterized as rebellion against God, and therefore do require confession.
Think about the righteous things you may have failed to do, particularly in a conflict you may be facing today. Don’t walk away without realizing they are sins of omission rather than mere missed opportunities. It’s not always what you do, it’s frequently what you haven’t done. Yet if your heart is repentant and you confess, Jesus stands ready to forgive and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4:17
Have you ever had a chance to tell someone about our great God, something He has done for us?
And then not tell them?
Have you ever failed to apologize to someone knowing full well you needed to? And it chipped away at your conscience for days?
I have failed many times in this area.
I often use my hubby as a sounding board for when i think someone has offended me and i think i need to be apologized to.
More often than not, it’s me who has the bad attitude and needs to apologize to them.
~~upcoming on Musings of a Home Engineer:
Review of The Shack
A to Z meme
Post on Salvation
plus other things brewing in my crazy brain.
Also my blood pressure has been way up the past few days. Its freaking me out. I’ve been taking my pressure 3 times a day. Took a Xanax a few nights ago, thinking it might be a panic attack. Didn’t help.
Nothing has changed in my schedule, except hubby going on 3rd shift for 5 months.
Maybe that’s it, except for the fact, i am loving sleeping in the bed, the whole bed, without any elbows or feet flying near me. 🙂 (it’s the little things that make me happy)
Got a new camera too. Its our anniversary present to each other. August 15th will be 10 years. (but we have been together 16 years)
Went to hubbys 30 years at work lunch celebration thingy today. Talk about weird being around grown-ups. I mean, like, grown-ups that live in the world, working and stuff.
Got my garage cleaned out just in time for 20 cases of bibles to take up residence there.
And a trip to IKEA is in the works, cuz really, can one ever have enough IKEA crap in their house?!?!?
ok, gotta finish up the bulletin, work on bible study and take my puppy for a walk.
Awww, the life of a Home Engineer 🙂
15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.18Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”19(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” John 21