Recently I was approached by someone regarding a sin issue and was asked several questions about how God handles this particular sin. It got me thinking that as Christians regardless of the sin, we should handle them all the same.
It is critical to always approach others with love. This four-letter word can change the way someone receives us and how our words are taken. Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love God, but the second greatest commandment is to love others.
Not only are we commanded to love others, but we should also always remind people that they are loved. God is love and He loves all of us, despite our imperfections.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”John 15:12 ESV
The next consideration that must be accounted for is God’s Word and the Truth. God’s Word will never fail, God’s Word will not return void, and we can never go wrong pointing others to the truth.
The BIG caveat here is that we CANNOT take God’s Word out of context for our selfish needs or to push our opinions on others. We should never shame others with God’s Word.
“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”Isaiah 55:11 ESV
No One is Perfect
Another huge thing to remember is that the only person that has been perfect in this life is Jesus Christ. I fail, sin, and fall short of the glory of God each and every day. We must never become high and mighty and view ourselves as perfect or better than others.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”Romans 3:23-24 ESV
This does not give us an excuse to remain in our sin since we cannot be perfect. Instead, this grace that has been lavished upon us is a precious gift that we do not deserve.
Sin is Sin
Another critical fact is that to God sin is sin. God hates sin. God does not have a special rating system in regard to sins. To God, murder, gossip, adultery, and being judgmental are all equal in His eyes as sin. Here on Earth, we have created a weighted system that each sin has varying degrees of being bad or worse than others.
Handling My Situation
So how did I handle my situation you may ask? I was asked what God thinks of a specific sin and here was my response:
God loves everyone. Every single person, including myself, has been born a sinner. God does not view sin as different levels, some a little bad, and others sin as really bad as we do here on Earth. To God, sin is sin and all sin is bad. God’s Word does say that this specific thing is a sin like gossip, hate, murder, etc. Despite this sin, God still loves the sinner.
I hope that this encourages you and that you can use this when dealing with a sin issues.