How Do You View Sin?
Sin is a disgusting thing. It is a stench in the nostrils of a holy God. We, as fallen and sinful, humans have a hard time understanding God’s utter hatred towards sin because it is all we have ever known. For a lot of humanity it defines who they are. It defined who I was. I was on a path of death. Romans 5:12 says:
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 -ESV
Adam introduced sin to the world and as a child of his I followed in his footsteps. I followed the footsteps that led to death. But then an amazing thing happened. I was suddenly aware of my sin and how it affected my life. R.C. Sproul writes about this in his book The Holiness of God when he says:
Have you ever done anything that you felt like doing even though your head told you it was wrong? If you answer no to that question, you are either lying or deluded. We all fall into this, trap. We do what we feel like doing rather than what we know we ought to do. No wonder we cry like Paul, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24). -R. C. Sproul. The Holiness of God (Kindle Locations 1627-1630). Kindle Edition.
I understood that my sin was disgusting to God. I knew that I was not living like I knew I should. I didn’t have the attitude that reflected God. I was living in a body destined for death. I, like Paul, started asking, “Who will rescue me from this body of death?”
I found my answer in Jesus. Romans 5:20-21 says:
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. -ESV
When I came face to face with God I realized that I was sinful, repugnant, and dirty. And when I, by faith, believed in Jesus Christ I became a new creation, a saint, a child of God. I was no longer enslaved to sin; God freed me from it. Paul speaks about this freedom in Romans 6:6 when he writes:
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. -ESV
I am no longer enslaved to sin but I still need to battle it. Day in and day out I battle sin. And the way we, as Christians, can battle sin is by putting on Christ everyday. Trusting in him. Living like him. Being like him. As Paul writes in Romans 13:14:
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. -ESV
How do you view your sin? Are you battling it? Are you free from it? If you are not I pray that God will rescue you as he has rescued me.