There you have it, honesty.
Sometimes we love to sin.
Oh, not big sins, not the bad ones. Oh NO, just the little ones, the ones everyone else does. The ones no one knows about or aren't so "serious".
Ps 19:13Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.NIV
CEV says Don't let me do wrong on purpose or let sin have control over my life.
The word is zade it means presumptuous, arrogant, proud.
Would we ever sin arrogantly?
I recently watched Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. It was the edited tv version, so I am not sure if the following quote is exactly how he wrote it in the book.
He (Frank) as a young man was involved in a little twrist on the couch with a local girl, who was dying from consumption. Caught up in passion his thoughts swimming;
fear of catching the consumption, as God's punishment
fear of God and his upcoming confession to his priest
Guess what won?
He said, "If this is sin, I don't give a fiddler's fart."
Why did fear of death, fear of God weight so little? Because... desire for the will of self wins every time.
The heart of sin is self.
What then is sin?
Charles Spurgeon said
Sin is the mother and nurse of all evil, the egg of all mischief, the fountain of all bitterness, the root of misery.
Sin is the dare of God's justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power and the contempt of His love.
Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude or nature........attitude, that gets me for sure.
The Greek word hamartia is missing the mark, falling short of any goal,standard or purpose.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
we all miss God's mark
James 4:17 Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and does not do it sins.
You see, it isn't what you or I say sin is. We the sinner want to measure the sin. It is a little like asking the death row prisoner to write the law or the infected to create the antidote. It is tainted.
We will say.... it is not that bad, no one got hurt, no one will ever know or......well, at least it isn't as bad as what they did!
Sin is what God says sin is, and everyone is accountable to his judgment.
Impossible you say? Yep. It is impossible for sinners to hit the mark of holiness set before us.
That is why Christ came to earth. Fully God and fully man to bear the temptation, yet uphold the law, to fulfill the requirements for those who are his.
Then the Holy Spirit guides his chosen people to strive to live in a way that glorifies him.
Sinners- forgiven, repentant and grieved by the effects of sin.
In 1747 Charles Wesley wrote "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"
in the second verse it says......Take away the love of sinning Alpha and Omega be, end of faith as it's beginning, set our hearts at liberty.
Little Emma was right.