Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…
“Sure, I’ve done some bad things, but they aren’t all that bad.”
Have you ever said that, or anything like that? Most people have, because we’ve looked around us and noticed something. There are murderers and rapists and thieves. There are people who care nothing for others and steal even the last few pennies that poor old ladies have in the bank.
We see those terrible people and begin to look at the things we’ve done and think, “I’m not as bad as they are.” Taking the last cookie or doing something your parents told you not to do – or even cheating on a test – aren’t as bad as killing someone or stealing something. Or are they?
You see, even though we have to make distinctions between sins (the murderer goes to prison for life; the thief gets 10 years; the speeder pays a fine), that’s simply not the case with God. Sin is sin, and all sin separates the sinner from their Creator. He’s so perfect that He can’t even be in the same place as sin, which is why Adam and Eve caused a problem for all of us when they ate the forbidden fruit. Because of that first sin, they – and all of their descendants, including us – were cursed to a life that included sin. That lost them the Garden of Eden, and it locked us all out of Heaven – that is, until Jesus died for us to make a way for everyone who accepts Him to go there.
No matter if your sins are “big” or “small,” they’re all still sins and they’ll keep you out of relationship with God unless you deal with Him. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, remember to keep your account with the Lord small by asking forgiveness for any sins on a regular basis. And if you’ve never accepted Him, now is a good time to do that. You can send me a message to ask me to pray for or with you about your relationship with the Lord.
Reflection copyright © 2015 Doug DeBolt.
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