Sin. It's a terrible thing. It's the one thing that caused Jesus to have to endure the cross. It's the one thing that can keep us from Heaven. It's wages are death and we are all guilty (Romans 3:23, 6:23).
That's the bad news. But the good news is, there is a solution for sin. The blood of Jesus Christ! And we also know that God is not willing that any should perish (II Peter 3:9). He allows us opportunities to seek salvation from sin.
God’s Word tells us how He really feels about sin and wickedness. Ezekiel 18:23. The Lord said to the prophet: "I do not really want the wicked to die, says the Lord. I want them to stop their bad ways and live." What a statement from Almighty God!
God hates sin. He hates the concept of wickedness and unrighteousness. But God loves Humanity! He doesn't want us to sin. He doesn't want us to be lost. This is why He sent Jesus to the cross and provided a way for us to be saved (John 3:3, 5, 16). However, we've got to learn to hate sin as much as He does. We need to repent and turn away from it while we still have time.
If you are not saved, seek salvation. If you are saved, share the good news. Praise be to God that we don't have to stay "sinners" forever! the cleansing power of Jesus's blood can wash away all of our sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16). We have a God who saves.
You are loved.
Dr. Ray Reynolds
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Ray Reynolds is the pulpit minister of the Summerdale Church of Christ in Summerdale, AL and director of TITUS Camp in Florence, AL. He and his wife Misty (Till) have five sons, one grandson, and one Golden Doodle.